Accident to the Airbus AS350 registered ZK-HEX on 17/02/2019 near Wakefield [Investigation led by TAIC / New Zealand]

Preliminary data based on the notification from the New Zealand authorities:

The helicopter was involved in fighting a local forest fire and had just delivered a load of water using a monsoon bucket, when the pilot felt “something let go”. He jettisoned the bucket and immediately commenced a forced landing.