Accident Eurocopter EC 120B Colibri ZK-HTF, 04 Nov 2005
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 58744
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Type:Silhouette image of generic EC20 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Eurocopter EC 120B Colibri
Registration: ZK-HTF
MSN: 1384
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Mt Karioi, Waikato -   New Zealand
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Artmore (NZAR)
Destination airport:Queenstown (NZQN)
Investigating agency: CAA NZ
Confidence Rating: Information verified through data from accident investigation authorities
Crashed in a small bush-covered gully on Mount Karioi near Raglan in Waikato.
The pilot, multi-millionaire businessman Michael Erceg and his passenger, Guus Klatte of the Netherlands died in the crash.
The accident site was concealed by the dense bush and the wreckage was not located until 19/11/05. The aerial of the aircraft's 406 MHZ ELT beacon was sheared off by impact with a tree.
The pilot had continued along a flight path towards rising ground, low cloud and decreasing visibility that left few alternatives to avoid flight into cloud and terrain in the last stage of the flight.


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

Revision history:

17-Feb-2009 22:49 angels one five Added
22-May-2009 02:28 XLerate Updated
23-Mar-2010 12:56 harro Updated [Time, Location, Source, Narrative]
01-Jun-2011 11:01 angels one five Updated [Operator, Source, Narrative]
11-Mar-2013 04:45 TB Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
05-Oct-2021 04:43 Ron Averes Updated [Location]
02-Feb-2022 01:59 Ron Averes Updated [Location]

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