Aviation AO-1989-047

Hughes 369HS ZK-HXA, engine lost power and made an auto rotational descent, Fox Glacier, 2 May 1989
Status: Closed
Legacy Inquiry Number: 
89-047
Occurrence Date: 
2 May 1989
Report Publication Date: 
20 March 1991
Jurisdiction: NZ
During the course of a scenic flight over Fox Glacier, the helicopter's engine seemed to lose power and the pilot made an autorotational descent on to the glacier. Two of the passengers were fatally injured during the ensuing impact on the extensively crevassed and pinnacled ice-fall, and the pilot and one of the two surviving passengers received serious injuries.
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Location: 
Fox Glacier