5 Apr 2016

CAA drops charges over pilot's death

10:32 pm on 5 April 2016

The Civil Aviation Authority has dropped charges against the owners of a farm where a helicopter crashed and killed a man.

The helicopter came down on a rural road north west of Whanganui.

The helicopter came down on a rural road north west of Whanganui. Photo: RNZ / Robin Martin

Peter Robb died when his helicopter hit an overhead electric cable and crashed near Whanganui in October 2014.

The authority said it had withdrawn the health and safety charges it laid against the farm's owner, the Takiri Trust, because of its willingness to encourage other farmers to fix any unsafe wires.

Director of Civil Aviation, Graeme Harris, said the matter has been resolved by the trustees and Mr Robb's family.

Takiri Trust said Mr Robb's death was caused by their failure to bring down the cable.