Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

TAIC Investigating Helicopter Accident At Kekerengu River

The Transport Accident Investigation Commission has opened an inquiry into the causes and circumstances of the helicopter accident at the Kekerengu River mouth at around 12:40pm today, 15 December 2020.

The circumstances reported to date are that the Airbus Helicopter EC120 was traveling from Christchurch with five persons on board when it lost control, descended and impacted shallow water close to the beach.

Two persons on board have been reported as fatally injured, and three seriously injured in the accident.

Harald Hendel, the Chief Investigator of Accidents, says there may be people who saw what happened, given the location of the accident adjacent to a busy café on State Highway 1.

“TAIC is appealing for any witnesses – especially anyone who may have captured the accident on their vehicle’s dash-cam or other recording device- to please contact TAIC as soon as possible” said Mr Hendel. “Witnesses should email TAIC at info@taic.org.nz.”

Mr Hendel has appointed an investigation team and they are scheduled to be on site tomorrow morning [Wednesday 16 December].

“The Investigation team have expert knowledge of helicopter operations, engineering and maintenance.

“Their initial work will include inspecting the wreckage, mapping the site, and talking with witnesses. Further evidence gathering in coming weeks and months will likely include examining the helicopter’s components, seeking any recorded data from the helicopter’s electronics, and obtaining maintenance records.

In general, Transport Accident Investigation Commission aviation inquiries take the necessary time to reach completion, at which time the Commission will publish a Final Report on the accident, its causes and circumstances, and what can best be done to avoid such accidents happening again.

The Transport Accident Investigation Commission opens an inquiry when it believes the circumstances of an accident or incident have - or are likely to have - significant implications for transport safety, or when the inquiry may allow the Commission to make findings or recommendations to improve transport safety.

TAIC Protection Orders: 1 & 2

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On How Women Are Suffering The Most From The Covid Economic Recession

Both here and abroad, the Covid-19 economic recession has been disastrous for women workers and their families. In November, young women below 30 in particular were feeling the consequences:

Of concern is the sustained deterioration in youth employment, particularly for females, with a -4.3% pa drop in filled jobs for females aged below 30, and a 3.9%pa drop for males aged below 30....More>>

 

A New Year: No politicians at Rātana in 2021

Annual celebrations at Rātana pā will be different this year, amid a decision to hold an internal hui for church adherents only… More>>

ALSO:

Covid: Border Exception for 1000 International Students

The Government has approved an exception class for 1000 international tertiary students, degree level and above, who began their study in New Zealand but were caught offshore when border restrictions began....More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels