Accident Hughes 369HS ZK-HNW, Saturday 3 January 2004
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Date:Saturday 3 January 2004
Time:08:49
Type:Silhouette image of generic H500 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Hughes 369HS
Owner/operator:Private
Registration: ZK-HNW
MSN: 103-0531S
Year of manufacture:1973
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Category:Accident
Location:Humboldt Creek, Mount Aspiring NP -   New Zealand
Phase: En route
Nature:Private
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
Narrative:
Missing 2004. Found 2012.
The helicopter was on a private tour of the South Island. After leaving Queenstown, bad weather meant that they spent the night at the Howden Hut on the Routeburn Track. They left the following morning, again in bad weather, and got to 8,500 feet over Lake Adelaide, about 10 nautical miles from Milford. They had a moving-map GPS, and the pilot communicated with Milford Flight Service about carrying out a GPS letdown into Milford Sound. The aircraft made no further contact.
The wreckage of the helicopter was found in November 2012, near the Humboldt Creek, Humboldt Mountains.

On Wednesday, 21st November, the wreckage of the missing aircraft was sighted, purely by chance, by the pilot of a tourist helicopter. The remains of the occupants were found at the crash site.

Sources:

http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/helicopter-wreckage-confirmed-2004-crash-5231311
https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10849356

Images:


Tauranga 2003

Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
04-Nov-2008 10:35 ASN archive Added
22-Nov-2012 00:40 flyernzl Updated [Source, Narrative]
22-Nov-2012 00:40 flyernzl Updated
22-Nov-2012 01:08 gerard57 Updated [Operator, Phase, Source, Narrative]
22-Nov-2012 11:26 angels one five Updated [Location, Source, Narrative]
12-Sep-2019 08:09 BEAVERSPOTTER Updated [Cn]
04-Aug-2020 22:00 Ron Averes Updated [Location, Narrative]
30-Sep-2021 01:47 Ron Averes Updated [Location]
02-Feb-2022 20:28 Ron Averes Updated [Cn]
04-Feb-2022 18:50 Ron Averes Updated [Location, Narrative]

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