Inflight Break Up of Iroquois ZK-HJH
Iroquois helicopter broke up near Taumarunui On 4 June 2001, an Iroquois helicopter broke up near Taumarunui, in the central North Island of New Zealand. The NZ Transport Accident Investigation Commission (TAIC) released its findings in February 2002. However the report attracted criticism and much controversy. In the light of new evidence, the investigation was re-opened in June 2004. Andrew McGregor was engaged as a specialist in air accident investigation to review the previous report and re-determine the break-up sequence. His work with additional contributions from Tom McCready led to new findings which cleared two Taranaki aircraft engineers of implicated blame.
Andrew McGregor of Prosolve Limited has recently assisted me with the complex accident investigation of an ex military helicopter, following its in-flight break up. Throughout an investigation which Andrew assisted with, he demonstrated integrity and dependability. He has an inquiring mind and took a systematic approach to the investigation. He was able to communicate his view points clearly and to competently lead discussions as necessary. He competently carried out the specific tasks I assigned to him, and he demonstrated good initiative throughout the investigation. I have no hesitation in recommending Andrew to anyone considering using his services.
Ken A. Mathews
Senior Air Accident Investigator ,
Transport Accident Investigation Commission (TAIC)