Mil-8 Crash Re-Examined
THE Mil Mi-8 is a very large helicopter with a heavy lift capability. YS-1005P was being used to lift selectively felled native trees from the Westland forest in the vicinity of Hokitika. On the day of the accident it was in transit from Hokitika to the worksite. A witness saw it flying normally, but shortly afterwards heard noises associated with in-flight breakup and subsequent ground impact. The two-man crew and their passenger were killed.