ASN logo
ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 58744
Last updated: 29 December 2020
This information is added by users of ASN. Neither ASN nor the Flight Safety Foundation are responsible for the completeness or correctness of this information. If you feel this information is incomplete or incorrect, you can submit corrected information.

Type:Silhouette image of generic EC20 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Eurocopter EC 120B Colibri
Registration: ZK-HTF
C/n / msn: 1384
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Mount Karioi, 6 mi SW of Raglan -   New Zealand
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Artmore (NZAR)
Destination airport:Queenstown (NZQN)
Crashed in a small bush-covered gully on Mount Karioi near Raglan in Waikato.
The pilot, multi-millionaire businessman Michael Erceg and his passenger, Guus Klatte of the Netherlands died in the crash.
The accident site was concealed by the dense bush and the wreckage was not located until 19/11/05. The aerial of the aircraft's 406 MHZ ELT beacon was sheared off by impact with a tree.
The pilot had continued along a flight path towards rising ground, low cloud and decreasing visibility that left few alternatives to avoid flight into cloud and terrain in the last stage of the flight.


Revision history:

17-Feb-2009 22:49 angels one five Added
22-May-2009 02:28 XLerate Updated
23-Mar-2010 12:56 harro Updated [Time, Location, Source, Narrative]
01-Jun-2011 11:01 angels one five Updated [Operator, Source, Narrative]
11-Mar-2013 04:45 TB Updated [Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

Corrections or additions? ... Edit this accident description