Accident Bell 206L-3 LongRanger III ZK-ISF, Thursday 20 January 2011
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Date:Thursday 20 January 2011
Type:Silhouette image of generic B06 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Bell 206L-3 LongRanger III
Owner/operator:North Shore Helicopters
Registration: ZK-ISF
MSN: 51145
Year of manufacture:1985
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Sea off Langs Beach, Northland -   New Zealand
Phase: En route
Departure airport:near Maungakaramea
Destination airport:near Maungakaramea
Investigating agency: TAIC
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
On 20 January 2011, the pilot of a Bell 206L-3 LongRanger helicopter ditched the helicopter after experiencing a significant engine power reduction while in the cruise. The pilot did not have time to make an emergency radio call, but the accident was witnessed by people on shore. The pilot was not wearing a life jacket and spent more than 2 hours in the water before he was rescued. He suffered minor injuries only. The helicopter was not able to be recovered from the sea for about one week.

The cause of the reported engine power reduction was not determined.

The pilot did not take appropriate survival precautions for a flight that was intended to be operated over water. His rescue was greatly assisted by the accident being witnessed and by a favourable on-shore wind.

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


History of this aircraft

Other occurrences involving this aircraft

4 January 1989 N1410C Orange Co Sheriff's Office 1 Orlando, FL non


North Shore 17Sep2008

Revision history:

20-Jan-2011 04:43 gerard57 Added
20-Jan-2011 13:11 angels one five Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Narrative]
20-Jan-2011 13:24 parkhill Updated [Aircraft type, Damage]
20-Jan-2011 17:03 angels one five Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Location]
20-Jan-2011 17:16 angels one five Updated [Location, Nature, Source, Narrative]
20-Jan-2011 18:18 angels one five Updated [Narrative]
21-Jan-2011 18:21 bizjets101 Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator]
22-Jan-2011 02:21 flyernzl Updated
30-Jan-2011 03:02 flyernzl Updated [Narrative]
22-Mar-2013 18:47 harro Updated [Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
11-Feb-2022 20:09 Ron Averes Updated [Location]

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