Saturday, November 12, 2016

Robinson R66, Heliops Southland Ltd, ZK-HAG: Accident occurred November 14, 2016 in Winton, New Zealand

NTSB Identification: WPR17WA022
Accident occurred Monday, November 14, 2016 in Winton, New Zealand
Aircraft: Robinson R66, registration:
Injuries: 1 Uninjured.

The foreign authority was the source of this information.

On November 14, 2016, at 0230 universal coordinated time, a Robinson R-66, ZK-HAG, operated by Heliops Southland Limited under the pertinent regulations of the government of New Zealand, was substantially damaged after the helicopter experienced a low rotor RPM warning after turning downwind on a spraying run, near Winton, New Zealand and subsequently collided with terrain. The pilot was not injured.

The investigation is under the jurisdiction of the Government of New Zealand. This report is for information purposes only and contains only information released by the Government of New Zealand. Further information pertaining to this accident may be obtained from:

Transport Accident Investigation Commission

P.O. Box 10323, The Terrace

Wellington 6143, New Zealand

Level 16, 80 the Terrace

Wellington 6011, New Zealand

Phone 0800 188 926

Fax +64 4 499 1510

Website: http://www.taic.org.nz

An "extensively damaged" Robinson helicopter is being investigated after a crash in Southland.

Transport Accident Investigation Commission spokesman Roger Foley said a pilot walked away from the "extensively damaged" Robinson R66 helicopter after it crashed in a paddock in Mandeville just before 2pm on Monday.

"The conditions at the time were fine and calm."

The pilot was alone in the helicopter and sustained "a few scratches" in the crash.

The helicopter, owned by Heliops, in Otautau, was being used to spray.

Heliops did not return calls yesterday.

Mr Foley said the helicopter had been taken to in Invercargill for further examination.

Last month, the commission added the Robinson helicopter to its official watchlist because of concern about Robinson helicopter crashes in New Zealand.

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