Schweizer 269C-1 ZK-HQO of The Reliance Group Ltd., Auckland t/a Helicopter Flight Training crashed at Ardmore this morning.
Thankfully the two occupants survived, reportedly only light injuries.
"During a test flight it was found that the engine RPM was unable to be adjusted. After a period of time spent attempting to rectify the problem RPM began to fluctuate dramatically, and the decision made to land immediately. The landing was being aborted due to high speed, when engine RPM dropped suddenly, the helicopter descended rapidly, striking the ground with the rear skid, and rolling forward."
(Not ZK-HMC/2 as originally reported to me).