AO-2019-001

The helicopter at the site
The helicopter at the site. TAIC photo
AS350 Helicopter, heavy landing, Pigeon Valley, Nelson, 17 February 2019
Status
Current
Occurrence Date
Jurisdiction
NZ
The circumstances reported to date are that the AS350 (Squirrel) helicopter was involved in firefighting operations using a monsoon bucket over the Pigeon Valley area near Nelson. Some event caused the pilot to conduct an emergency landing. The helicopter landed heavily and the sole pilot received minor injuries. The helicopter was extensively damaged. The Transport Accident Investigation Commission’s investigation is continuing. [As initially reported, subject to change, not official findings.]
Location
Pigeon Valley, Nelson (-41.363664,173.003888) [may be approximate]