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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 76090
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Time:22:20 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic BK17 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Kawasaki BK 117B-2
Owner/operator:Life Flight Trust
Registration: ZK-III
MSN: 1077
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Tauherenikau, Tararua Range -   New Zealand
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Wellington Hospital
Destination airport:Masterton Hospital
Investigating agency: TAIC New Zealand
Confidence Rating: Information verified through data from accident investigation authorities
Night VFR flight to pick up a patient for an emergency medical transfer. After inadvertently overflying a waypoint by a short distance towards high terrain, the pilot began an emergency climb through cloud. During this climb the helicopter collided with trees, (southwest of Tauherenikau Peak) but was flown on to an emergency landing at Masterton. The helicopter sustained substantial damage, and the pilot received a serious hand injury. The other occupants were uninjured.

Ross Kerr (2006) A Chronology of the Tararua & Rimutaka Ranges

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: TAIC New Zealand
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report
Safety recommendations:

Safety recommendation 030/03 issued 3 June 2003 by TAIC to CAA NZ
Safety recommendation 031/03 issued 3 June 2003 by TAIC to CAA NZ

Revision history:

07-Aug-2010 03:24 Alpine Flight Added
19-Aug-2010 10:51 TB Updated [Aircraft type]
22-Nov-2012 10:37 TB Updated [Phase, Narrative]
17-Aug-2014 06:24 Aerossurance Updated [Source, Narrative]
18-May-2018 23:22 Ron Averes Updated [Location, Source, Narrative]

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