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Technical issue forced pilot to ditch prototype 5-place turbine helicopter into Auckland Harbour
Witnesses heard a loud bang before the R44 on a scenic tour made an emergency landing in the lake. Helicopter remained upright in less than 1m of water. All 4 POB exited safely
Experienced pilot killed in "perfect weather conditions" after reportedly "falling out of the sky". Police stated that the pilot was Julian Dean Kramer (52), also known as Julianne Kramer - chief flying instructor at Wakatipu Aero Club. Helicopter may be ZK-HCG (1499)
During a an orchard spraying operation, while pilot was concentrating on avoiding a line of tree, the tail rotor struck a wire. Tail rotor effectiveness was lost and the main rotors struck some trees. Helicopter rolled over
It is believed the helicopter had been contracted by the Department of Conservation (DOC) to spray for gorse when it went down at the northern end of Lake Sumner. Helicopter and pilot missing - pilot named as 35-year-old Mike Mehrtens - company website here quotes him as a 3,500 hour pilot
Went missing during fire fighting operations. Located some hours later in 7m of water. Bodies of pilot John "Prickles" de Ridder and passenger William MacRae from Dept of Conservation have been confirmed by divers as being inside the helicopter. Salt Air - Company statement here
Main blades struck wire while helicopter was helping install Christmas Tree on Auckland waterfront. Helicopter split in two and thrashed itself to pieces from a 10m hover. Pilot Greg Gribble escaped serious injury. Event was being broadcast live on TVNZ
Instructor Graham Alan Stott, 31, and student Marcus Hoogvliet, 21, were on a training flight when their R22 went down on the Arawhata Saddle, at the head of the Matukituki River
A Defence Force source said the helicopter, which was en route from Ohakea to Woodburn, was carrying a spare engine for another Iroquois, which began to leak oil - the the resultant fumes cause the need for an emergency landing
Crashed in a clearing close to a second R22 which was carrying out a deer recovery operation. Subject helicopter was observing, initally from 15m up, just prior to it coming down. Pilot aged 64 OK, passenger aged 55 needed medical treatment. Both from Warkworth, north of Auckland
Helicopter crashed on the beach, ending up on its side with boom separated. Sole occupant pilot was seriously injured, pulled from the wreckage by a passer-by and flown to Palmerston North Hospital. Pilot name reported as Jim Sherwin, aged 60
Instructor Jason Wright, 29, of Bluff, and his pupil Allan Munro, 67, of Avondale, 75km north of Invercargill, were found with the submerged but intact Robinson 22 2km southeast of Colyers Island inside the harbour, ending a 24 hour search.
Pilot believed he had a mechanical failure and tried and pick a spot to land for an emergency landing
The pilot and shooter were on a deer recovery operation when the helicopter went down in the Preservation area of Fiordland about 6pm.
Report says this "crashed and burned"
Stuck throttle and landed OK after circling airport for 40 minutes
Helicopter was left unattended with engine running and was caught by the wind