What I'm curious about is why there is no comment on what caused the crash (or controlled water landing). Given they all survived I am surprised that a more detailed account is not available. Not even anyone from the media has asked the question.
With the Kawasaki 117 being a reliable twin engine machine I can only think of fuel exhaustion or poor weather (disorientation?) as possible reasons.
No I didn't see that. It was a fair distance out there and I guess without a radio altimeter or QNH reference source the height of the heli could have been quite different to what was reading on the altimeter, Mix in a bit of poor vis maybe. Pure speculation on my part and only out of interest and not apportioning any blame.
Could be a whole heap of things. The 117 has more or less the same fuel system as the 105 and I've had a dual fuel pump failure which means that you can't transfer fuel to the supply tank so that's a possibility. Could be simply fuel contamination or a drive failure. Just wait and see I guess.
I love helicopters but never had the opportunity to pursue any kind of career with them (long and boring life story). If I won Lotto today I'd go train (difficult, I don't buy tickets!). I once read a book, might even still have it somewhere, called "Fatal Traps for Helicopter Pilots" (or some title like that) - there's a lot that can go wrong! Not that it would stop me...
-- Jeff, Rolleston, NZ P3Dv4.x and a bunch of add-on stuff... some 'global' products, but otherwise NZ-only