Aviation safety investigations & reports

Technical assistance to the TAIC - Collision with terrain involving Robinson R44 ZK-HBQ Kahurangi National Park, near Nelson, New Zealand on 7 October 2014

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


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  
  Investigation level: Defined - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): Kahurangi National Park, near Nelson, New Zealand    
State: International   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
Release date: 02 June 2015   Occurrence category: Accident  
Report status: Final   Highest injury level: Fatal  

Aircraft details

Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer Robinson Helicopter Co  
Aircraft model R44  
Aircraft registration ZK-HBQ  
Sector Helicopter  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Last update 14 November 2018