A Civil Aviation Authority inquiry is under way this
afternoon into a fatal helicopter crash in a forestry block
near Gisborne this morning in which a 53-year-old local man
He was a passenger on board the Gisborne Helicopters Ltd
machine that crashed at the bottom of a hill near a forestry
skid site on the Paritu Road off State Highway 2 in the
The crash happened around 10am, and the victim was pronounced
dead at the scene.
The pilot, aged 49, was flown to Gisborne Hospital by the ECT
rescue helicopter and was admitted to the intensive care
"He is in a stable condition," a hospital spokeswoman said.
Paramedics said the pilot had suffered multiple serious
"We treated him and then used a long-line to lift him out."
The body of the victim was to be recovered by helicopter this
"A post-mortem examination will be conducted," police said.
The chopper was delivering supplies from one work site to
another prior to a controlled burnoff on the property when
the accident occurred.
Police have spoken to numerous witnesses.
The helicopter did not catch fire as a result of the crash.
"We will not be commenting on the cause of the accident,"
"It will be up to the CAA to determine how the accident
happened and make comment."
Police will maintain a cordon around the crash site overnight
as the inquiry continues.
- By Murray Robertson of the Gisborne Herald