NTSB Identification: WPR13LA137
14 CFR Part 91: General Aviation
Accident occurred Saturday, March 02, 2013 in Latangai Island, Papua New Guinea
Aircraft: HUGHES 369HS, registration: N471M
Injuries: 1 Fatal,1 Serious.

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On March 2, 2013, about 1320 Universal coordinated time (UTC), a Hughes 369HS, N471M, impacted the Pacific Ocean after being struck by a commercial fishing vessel in international waters near Latangai Island, Papua New Guinea. The airline transport pilot sustained serious injuries, and the one fish spotter (passenger) sustained fatal injuries. The helicopter's main rotor assembly and tail rotor assembly were substantially damaged. The aircraft was registered to and operated by Jerry's Helicopter Service, Inc. under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91. Day, visual meteorological conditions prevailed for the flight and no flight plan had been filed. The flight originated from the helicopter's designated vessel (MV FK 869) at approximately 1220 UTC.

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