Aviation AO-2019-001

The helicopter at the site
The helicopter at the site. TAIC photo
AS350 Helicopter, heavy landing, Pigeon Valley, Nelson, 17 February 2019
Status: Current
Occurrence Date: 
17 February 2019
The circumstances reported to date are that the AS350 (Squirrel) helicopter was involved in firefighting operations using a monsoon bucket over the Pigeon Valley area near Nelson. Some event caused the pilot to conduct an emergency landing. The helicopter landed heavily and the sole pilot received minor injuries. The helicopter was extensively damaged. The Transport Accident Investigation Commission’s investigation is continuing. [As initially reported, subject to change, not official findings.]
Location: 
Pigeon Valley, Nelson (-41.3636,173.0038) [may be approximate]