Published date: 16 September 2021

1200 Update: Fatal Otago helicopter accident

The Civil Aviation Authority was alerted to the helicopter accident at 0730 this morning.

The accident resulted in the death of the pilot, who was the sole person onboard the aircraft.

Since being notified of the accident, our Investigation and Response team has been in close contact with Police, who will be attending the scene today.

We have also informed the Transport Accident Investigation Commission, which is considering whether to open an investigation.

Our thoughts are with the victim’s family at this difficult time.


0900 Statement: CAA working with Police following Otago helicopter accident

The Civil Aviation Authority is working with Police in Otago following a serious helicopter accident north of Lawrence this morning.

It appears the accident occurred at about 0630, with one person onboard the aircraft. We are unable to confirm their condition at this time.

We will be able to provide a further update about this accident and any potential investigations at 1100 this morning.