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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 59491
Last updated: 17 October 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic R22 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Robinson R22 Beta
Registration: ZK-HVX
MSN: 0553
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Waipara River, 52 km SSW of Haast -   New Zealand
Phase: En route
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
Investigating agency: TAIC New Zealand
Robinson R22 Beta ZK-HVX, rotor struck a tree, Waipara River 52 km SSW of Haast, 1 October 1991:

Following an early morning departure to hunt deer, the helicopter failed to rendezvous with ground crew. ELT transmissions enabled searchers to locate the wreckage of the helicopter by midday. While retrieving a shot deer from a riverbed, a wind gust had drifted the helicopter toward nearby trees. The main rotor blades contacted an unseen overhanging branch and during the ensuing descent on to rocks below the shooter fell from the helicopter receiving serious injuries from which he died before rescuers reached the scene. No conclusive reason was established to account for the shooters fall from the helicopter.


1. TAIC Investigation 91-021

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: TAIC New Zealand
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report
Other occurrences involving this aircraft

21 Dec 1989 ZK-HVX Skysales Ltd 0 Eyrewell sub
20 Jan 1996 ZK-HVX Reid Helicopters (Nelson) Limited 1 Row Valley Poulter Range, 18 nm NE Arthurs Pass w/o

Revision history:

10-Apr-2009 23:32 XLerate Added
22-Dec-2011 17:44 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Operator, Phase, Source, Damage, Narrative]

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