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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 62021
Last updated: 26 November 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic EN28 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Enstrom F-28A
Owner/operator:Enstrom Helicopters (NZ) Ltd
Registration: ZK-HIE
MSN: 049
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Lake Rotorua -   New Zealand
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Hamurana Springs golfcourse
Destination airport:airport
Pilot Noel Bennett was taking two passengers (Captain Fred Ladd and John Michel) on a sales demonstration flight. The engine backfired when started at the Hamurana Springs golf course, loosening or blowing off the induction hose leading to the air intake. Flying over Lake Rotorua at around 400 feet and a mile offshore, the detached end of the hose sucked itself onto the surface of the air filter box, causing the engine to stop due to air starvation. All survived the autorotational landing, but there were no life jackets, one person was unable to swim and the water was 10 degrees C. Fred Ladd, the only survivor, was picked up by a floatplane after 25 minutes in the water, suffering exposure. Helicopter salvaged/rebuilt.


1. Civil Air Accident Files, Archives New Zealand
2. King, John (1995). Aviation Accidents and Disasters. New Zealand Tragedies. Wellington: Grantham House. pp. 200-201. ISBN 1 86934 042 6.
3. New Zealand Wings, September 1974 - registered owner.
4. D Stafford (1983) Flying The Thermal Skies, Holmes Printing


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Revision history:

22-May-2009 12:58 XLerate Added
17-Jun-2009 00:58 XLerate Updated
25-Apr-2013 12:45 TB Updated [Time, Cn, Source, Damage]
25-Apr-2013 12:57 TB Updated [Damage, Narrative]
26-Apr-2013 15:54 TB Updated [Operator]
25-May-2018 00:45 Ron Averes Updated [Source, Narrative]
29-Jun-2019 15:51 Anon. Updated [Photo]
04-Apr-2020 08:32 Anon. Updated [Photo]
04-Apr-2020 08:32 Anon. Updated [Photo]
22-Jul-2020 01:56 Ron Averes Updated [Operator, Source]

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