Incident Kawasaki BK 117B-2 ZK-III,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 76090
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Date:Tuesday 14 January 2003
Time:22:20 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic BK17 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Kawasaki BK 117B-2
Owner/operator:Life Flight Trust
Registration: ZK-III
MSN: 1077
Year of manufacture:1991
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Location:Tauherenikau, Tararua Range -   New Zealand
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Wellington Hospital
Destination airport:Masterton Hospital
Investigating agency: TAIC
Confidence Rating: Information verified through data from accident investigation authorities
Night VFR flight to pick up a patient for an emergency medical transfer. After inadvertently overflying a waypoint by a short distance towards high terrain, the pilot began an emergency climb through cloud. During this climb the helicopter collided with trees, (southwest of Tauherenikau Peak) but was flown on to an emergency landing at Masterton. The helicopter sustained substantial damage, and the pilot received a serious hand injury. The other occupants were uninjured.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: TAIC
Report number: 
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report

Ross Kerr (2006) A Chronology of the Tararua & Rimutaka Ranges

Revision history:

07-Aug-2010 03:24 Alpine Flight Added
19-Aug-2010 10:51 TB Updated [Aircraft type]
22-Nov-2012 10:37 TB Updated [Phase, Narrative]
17-Aug-2014 06:24 Aerossurance Updated [Source, Narrative]
18-May-2018 23:22 Ron Averes Updated [Location, Source, Narrative]

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