Aviation AO-2017-004

The helicopter being lifted out of the harbour
The helicopter being lifted out of the harbour
BK117 Helicopter, ditching in sea, Pauatahanui, Porirua Harbour, 2 May 2017
Status: Current
Occurrence Date: 
2 May 2017
The helicopter was operated by Precision Helicopters Limited and was engaged in underslung load operations to shift power poles across the Pauatahanui Arm. While taking the first load the helicopter was seen to begin spinning and then descend into the water. The helicopter came to rest in waist-deep water. The pilot was the only person on board and was not injured. [As initially reported, subject to change, not official findings.]

On 22 December 2017 the Civil Aviation Authority issued a Continuing Airworthiness Notice (see Related links) concerning matters discovered in the ongoing Transport Accident Investigation Commission inquiry; and for which the Commission would otherwise have issued an Urgent Recommendation.
Location: 
Pauatahanui, Porirua Harbour (-41.0855,174.8863) [may be approximate]