AO-2017-002

The crashed helicopter at the site
The crashed helicopter at the site
Robinson R22, impact with terrain, Reefton, 27 March 2017
Status
Current
Occurrence Date
Jurisdiction
NZ
The helicopter had dropped a hunter into the bush and the sole pilot on board was flying out with 2 carcasses suspended on a line when it crashed in a forest clearing near Reefton.  The pilot was killed and the helicopter was destroyed.  The ELT activated, which alerted the rescue coordination centre of the accident. [As initially reported, subject to change, not official findings.]
Location
Reefton (-42.038700,171.939100) [may be approximate]