On March 15, 2002, a Schweizer 269C, ZK-HIC, Schweizer serial no. S1607, operator not reported, crashed in a swampy area near Auckland, New Zealand. The pilot was the sole person on board and not injured. The helicopter sustained substantial damage. The aircraft was operating in daylight, visual meteorological conditions, under the regulations and authority of the Civil Aviation Authority, New Zealand.

The pilot reported a loss of control in flight, and the investigating authority is conducting follow up examinations regarding a loss of tail rotor drive. An offer of assistance has been made to TAIC, as well as a request for further information.

For further information, contact:

Mr. Ken Mathews
Transport Accident Investigation Commission
Level 14 St John House
114 The Terrace
PO Box 10-323
E-mail: inquiries@taic.org.nz
Web site: www.taic.org.nz
Phone: +64-4-473-3112
Facsimile: +64-4-499-1510

U.S. Accredited Representative:

Thomas R. Conroy
Air Safety Investigator
Office of Aviation Safety
Regional Operations and General Aviation Division, AS-20
Washington, D.C. 20594
1 (202) 314-6314

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