Accident Robinson R44 ZK-HJD, Sunday 31 March 1996
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Date:Sunday 31 March 1996
Type:Silhouette image of generic R44 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Robinson R44
Registration: ZK-HJD
MSN: 0030
Year of manufacture:1994
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Muriwai Beach, East Coast -   New Zealand
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:
Destination airport:Gisborne Airport, NZ
Investigating agency: TAIC
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
At 13:06 hours, the pilot called Gisborne Tower, reporting 20 miles south for joining instructions. Low cloud, poor visibility and gale-force winds prevailed at the time. When the helicopter failed to arrive at Gisborne, Search and Rescue action was initiated.

The pilot's body and some of the wreckage was found the next morning at Muriwai Beach, 5.5 nautical miles south of Gisborne aerodrome. It was evident that the helicopter had flown into the sea, but no definitive cause for the accident was determined.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: TAIC
Report number: 
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report


Revision history:

04-Nov-2008 10:35 ASN archive Added
18-Dec-2011 19:05 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Location, Phase, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
24-Nov-2013 17:51 Anon. Updated [Cn, Narrative]
06-Jun-2014 08:45 TB Updated [Location, Phase, Destination airport]
17-Aug-2014 06:19 Aerossurance Updated [Location, Source]
19-Aug-2016 18:19 Dr.John Smith Updated [Time, Phase, Destination airport, Narrative]
09-Feb-2022 17:19 Ron Averes Updated [Location]

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