On March 28, 2000, at 1015 local time, a McDonnell Douglas 369FF helicopter, New Zealand registration ZK-HJN, collided with power lines while approaching a landing spot near Manapouri, New Zealand. The helicopter was operated by Fiordland Helicopters of Te Anau, New Zealand, and was engaged in commercial passenger transportation under the provisions of the New Zealand civil aviation regulations. The helicopter was destroyed in the accident sequence. The commercial pilot and four passengers sustained fatal injuries. The passengers were all U.S. citizens. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and a VFR flight plan was filed. The flight originated from the Te Anau aerodrome at 0940 hours local time as a nonstop on-demand passenger flight to Manapouri.

The accident is under the jurisdiction of and is being investigated by the New Zealand Transport Accident Investigation Commission. Further information can be obtained from:

Transport Accident Investigation Commission Level 14, 114 The Terrace P.O. Box 10-323 Wellington 6036, New Zealand

Telephone 64 4 473 3112 Web Site:

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