NTSB Identification: ENG11WA015
Accident occurred Thursday, January 20, 2011 in Northland, New Zealand, New Zealand
Aircraft: BELL 206, registration:
Injuries: 1 Minor.

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

On January 20, 2011, about 12:15 local time, the a Bell 206L3 registered ZK-ISF, ditched into the ocean off the north coast of Auckland, New Zealand. The pilot, the sole occupant, reported that during straight and level flight at about 1000 feet MSL, he experienced a loss of engine power and crashed into the water. The rotorcraft was submerged in about 50 feet of water.

The rotorcraft was retrieved and examined by the New Zealand TAIC authority. The engine was torn down and examined in New Zealand. The fuel pump, FCU and power turbine governor were removed and sent to Rolls Royce in the USA. Rolls Royce then sent the units to the Honeywell facilities in South Bend, Indiana for teardown and examination.

The investigation is being conducted by the New Zealand Accident Investigation Commission. Further information pertaining to this accident may be obtained from:

The Chief Executive Officer
Transport Accident Investigation Commission
11 Cigna House
40 Mercer Street
P.O. Box 10-323
Wellington 6143
New Zealand

Tel.: (64) 4-473-0199 (24 hours)
(64) 4-473-3112
E-mail: inquiries@taic.org.nz
Fax: (64) 4-499-1510
Website: http://www.taic.org.nz

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