Aviation AO-2016-008

The crashed helicopter at the site
The crashed helicopter at the site
Robinson R66 helicopter, Partial power loss, forced landing, Hokonui Hills, Southland, 14 November 2016
Status: Closed
Occurrence Date: 
14 November 2016
Report Publication Date: 
6 December 2018
Jurisdiction: NZ
The helicopter was operated by Heliops Southland Ltd and was involved in agricultural spraying. It was on the last run of the day to flush out the spray equipment. The pilot reported hearing the low rotor RPM warning horn just as he had turned the helicopter to fly downwind. The helicopter crashed into a paddock at relatively low speed. The pilot received minor injuries, but the helicopter was extensively damaged. [As initially reported, subject to change, not official findings.]
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Location: 
Hokonui Hills, Southland (-46.0268,168.5883) [may be approximate]