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On 7 October 2014, a Robinson R44 helicopter, registration ZK-HBQ, collided with terrain in the Kahurangi National Park, near Nelson, New Zealand.

The New Zealand Transport Accident Investigation Commission (TAIC) is conducting an investigation into the circumstances of the accident. As part of its investigation, TAIC requested technical assistance from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) in the recovery of data from a damaged GPS unit recovered from the wreckage. To protect the information supplied by TAIC to the ATSB and the ATSB's investigative work to assist TAIC, the ATSB initiated an investigation under the Transport Safety Investigation Act 2003.

The ATSB successfully recovered data from the GPS unit and has provided the data to TAIC to assist with their investigation.

Enquiries relating to the accident investigation should be directed to TAIC at: www.taic.org.nz



Released in accordance with section 25 of the Transport Safety Investigation Act 2003.

General details
Date: 07 October 2014 Investigation status: Completed 
Location   (show map):Kahurangi National Park, near Nelson, New Zealand Investigation type: External Investigation 
State: International Occurrence type: Collision with terrain 
Release date: 02 June 2015 Occurrence class: Technical 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: Fatal 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Robinson Helicopter Co 
Aircraft model: R44 
Aircraft registration: ZK-HBQ 
Sector: Helicopter 
Damage to aircraft: Destroyed 
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Last update 02 June 2015