NTSB Identification: LAX05WA048
Accident occurred Saturday, November 27, 2004 in Taumaranui, New Zealand
Aircraft: Robinson R22B, registration:
Injuries: 1 Serious.

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

On November 27, 2004, at 0900 local time, a New Zealand registered Robinson R22B, ZK-HWP, experienced an in-flight separation of one main rotor blade while in a pre-departure hover near Taumaranui, New Zealand. The helicopter was owned and operated by Pouatu Helicopters, Ltd., under the pertinent provisions of the New Zealand Civil Aviation Regulations for agricultural application operations. The helicopter was destroyed in the accident sequence. The commercial pilot, the sole occupant, sustained serious injuries. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and no flight plan was filed for the local area flight.

This accident is under the jurisdiction of and is being investigated by the New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority. Further information can be obtained by contacting the CAA at:

Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand
PO Box 31 411
Lower Hutt
New Zealand

Telephone 64 4 560 9400
Fax 64 4 569 2024
Email info@caa.govt.nz

This report is for information purposes only and contains only information obtained for, or released by, the Government of New Zealand.

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