Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand


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CAA to investigate helicopter accident at Auckland’s Viaduct Basin

The Civil Aviation Authority will investigate an accident involving helicopter ZK-HIG at Auckland’s Viaduct Basin this morning. Safety Investigator Steve Walker will arrive at the scene early this afternoon, and Aviation Safety Adviser John Keyzer will join him.

Steve’s first steps will be to examine the wreckage in situ, interview the pilot and witnesses, and to develop a clear understanding of the work that was being carried out.

Once Steve has completed his examination of the wreckage it will be released to the owner for removal.

A preliminary can be expected within four weeks, and will be published on the CAA website.

Steve Walker will be available at Auckland’s Viaduct Basin to answer questions on his initial observations and the process his investigation will take from 2pm until 2:30pm today.

Media are invited to meet Steve at the edge of the safety cordon at 2pm.  

Outside of these times, Steve will be focusing on his investigation and will not be available for questioning.

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