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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 46235
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Type:Silhouette image of generic UH1 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Bell-Garlick UH-1E Iroquois
Registration: ZK-IUE
MSN: 6206
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Matawai, East Coast -   New Zealand
Phase: Initial climb
Nature:External load operation
Departure airport:Paparangi Station
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: CAA NZ
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The helicopter was on logging operations and had just delivered a log to the milling site. As the pilot applied power to climb away after releasing the log, the automatic grapnel re-engaged on the log when the lifting longline tautened.

The resulting jerk caused the line to pull free at the lower end and flick up into the path of the main rotor. The tail rotor separated when struck by the flailing line, and control of the helicopter was lost. It struck the ground a short distance from the landing site and was destroyed by impact and fire. The pilot died in the accident.


Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: CAA NZ
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report

Revision history:

04-Nov-2008 10:35 ASN archive Added
31-Oct-2011 06:15 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Operator, Phase, Nature, Source, Narrative]
17-Jul-2020 23:44 Ron Averes Updated [Location, Narrative]
06-Oct-2021 20:25 Ron Averes Updated [Location, Departure airport]

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