On August 29, 2000, about 0932 hours local, a U.S. manufactured Sikorsky S55B helicopter, New Zealand registry ZK-HSC, operated by BA & JC Emeny Ltd., collided with trees then terrain near Wanganui, New Zealand. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time and no flight plan was filed for the agricultural flight. The helicopter was destroyed by impact and a postcrash fire and the commercial-rated pilot, the sole occupant, was fatally injured. The flight originated about 2 minutes earlier from a loading point located 1.5 nautical miles northwest of the accident location.

According to information provided by the New Zealand Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), during agricultural spray operations, the helicopter collided with trees then the ground.

The investigation is under the jurisdiction of the government of New Zealand. Any further information pertaining to this accident may be obtained from:

Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand Alister Buckingham Phone: (64) 4-560-9459 Facsimile: (64) 4-560-9469 This report is for information purposes only and contains only information obtained for or released by the New Zealand Government.

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