21-May-12 ZK-HXZ Hughes 500D North Canterbury, New Zealand

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

Date
May 21, 2012
Reg
ZK-HXZ
Make
MD Helicopters
Model
MD500D
MSN
0233D
Location
Lake Sumner, North Canterbury
Country
New Zealand
CivilMilitary
Civil
Operator
Way-To-Go-Heliservices
Link 1
http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/helicopter-pilot-s-friends-deeply-shocked-crash-4896287

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