NTSB Identification: WAS02WA051
Accident occurred Friday, August 16, 2002 in Dannevirke, New Zealand
Aircraft: Hughes 269C, registration:
Injuries: 1 Fatal.

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. The foreign authority was the source of this information.

On August 16, 2002, about 1355 local time (0055 universal coordinated time, UTC) a Hughes-269C, ZK-HFW, crashed while on an agricultural spraying mission near Dannevirke, North Island, New Zealand. The pilot was fatally injured and the helicopter was destroyed in the impact. The accident occurred in visual meteorological conditions and the helicopter was being operated under the authority of the Civil Aviation Authority, New Zealand.

A witness reported observing the helicopter spraying above an incline and over a ridge, and then hearing a sound described as "engine screaming." The witness reported observing the helicopter at about 2 kilometers in a descent before it passed from view, followed by a sound of aircraft impact. The pilot, the only person on board, was found fatally injured.

The investigator-in-charge, Civil Aviation Authority, New Zealand, continues in the investigation, which includes engineering and metallurgical examinations, including examination of the tail rotor adapter spline.

For further information, please contact:

Mr. Alan Moselen
The Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand
Aviation House
1 Market Grove
P O Box 31 441
Lower Hutt
New Zealand
Tel: +64-4-560 9400
Fax: +64-4-569 2024

U.S. Accredited Representative:

Thomas R. Conroy
Air Safety Investigator
Office of Aviation Safety
Regional Operations and General Aviation Division, AS-20
Washington, DC 20594
1 202 314-6314

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