AO-2016-006 TAIC investigating helicopter landing accident approx 5km north of Arrowtown, Otago

12 Sep 2016

The Transport Accident Investigation Commission has opened an inquiry into this afternoon's (12 September 2016) landing accident where an AS350 ‘Squirrel” helicopter reportedly rolled over while making a snow landing during a scenic flight.

A team of four Commission staff has begun work and will be in Queenstown from tomorrow morning to examine the wreckage, interview those on board, and gather information about the aircraft and its operation.

The purpose of the Commission's inquiry is to identify the circumstances and causes of the accident with a view to helping prevent similar events occurring in future.