Sadly the helicopter has been found in Bluff Harbour and two bodies have been recovered.
ZK-HIP2 ,c/n 1804 , was a 1991 production machine, initially registered in the USA as N4076J.
It was registered in NZ on 03-11-1993 to Opotiki Helicpters and then pased through Ashworth Helicopters at Gisborne from January 1995; then to Skidmark Helicopters at Opotiki from September of 1999. In August of 2004 it went down to High Country Helicopters Ltd/Argyle Station near Waikaia., then to Rowberry Farm Ltd at Wanaka in May of 2008, and finally to Allan Munro of Hillpoint Station, near Winton from 03-09-2009.
The owner and his instructor were aboard at the time of the accident.
|ZK-HIP2 at Christchurch on 16-10-2007.|
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