16-Dec-20 ZK-IAY Robinson R44 Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand

43 year old pilot injured in accident while involved in ag spraying work, after hitting wires and crashing on a steep hillside.  Helicopter came to a halt further down the slope, but apparently still on its skids.  Airlifted to Gisborne Hospital

Registration has been assumed on the basis of this being the only R44 on the register in the name of Eastland Heli Services.  The operator name and helicopter type were taken from press reports

The owner of the company referred to the pilot as “John”

Date:
16 December, 2020
Reg:
ZK-IAY
Make:
Robinson
Model:
R44
MSN:
1318
Location:
Mahia Peninsula, Hawke's Bay
Country:
New Zealand
Civil / Military:
Civil
Operator:
Eastland-Heli-Services
Link:
https://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/hawkes-bay/123720772/pilot-injured-in-helicopter-crash-in-hawkes-bay
Link:
https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/one-person-hurt-in-mahia-helicopter-crash/XSDEVWB2XPRZ4N5K2UHMJIZKWA/

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