Aviation safety investigations & reports

Technical assistance to the TAIC - Collision with terrain involving Robinson R44, ZK-IPY, 12 km south-west of Queenstown Airport, New Zealand on 19 February 2015

Investigation number:
Status: Completed
Investigation completed


On 19 February 2015, a Robinson R44 helicopter, registration ZK-IPY, collided with terrain 12 km south-west of Queenstown Airport, New Zealand.

The New Zealand Transport Accident Investigation Commission (TAIC) conducted an investigation into the circumstances of the accident. As part of its investigation, TAIC requested technical assistance from the ATSB. To protect any 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 has finalised its work in support of the TAIC investigation and TAIC is responsible for the release of the final investigation report. Any enquiries in respect of the TAIC investigation or release of the investigation report should, in the first instance, be directed to the TAIC at: www.taic.org.nz.

Transport Accident Investigation Commission
Level 16
80 The Terrace
PO Box 10323
Wellington, 6143 New Zealand



The information contained in this web update is released in accordance with section 25  of the Transport Safety Investigation Act 2003.

General details
Date: 19 February 2015   Investigation status: Completed  
  Investigation level: Defined - click for an explanation of investigation levels  
Location   (show map): 12 km south-west of Queenstown Airport, New Zealand    
State: International   Occurrence type: Collision with terrain  
Release date: 29 August 2016   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-IPY  
Sector Helicopter  
Damage to aircraft Destroyed  
Last update 14 November 2018