Date
19 June 2019
A picture shows the helicopter wreckage at the crash site in Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden. Investigations continued on Tuesday morning. Photo: Now News/screenshot
A picture shows the helicopter wreckage at the crash site in Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden. Investigations continued on Tuesday morning. Photo: Now News/screenshot

Kadoorie Farm shut amid probe into deadly helicopter crash

The Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden, a popular conservation facility in the New Territories that is known for rich natural biodiversity, remained closed for a second day as authorities look into a deadly helicopter crash that took place within the area over the weekend.

Following the accident, which took place Sunday afternoon and claimed the life of a 49-year-old pilot, investigations by the police, the Civil Aviation Department and the Transport and Housing Bureau’s Air Accident Investigation Authority are still underway at the site in the Pat Heung area in Yuen Long.

As of Monday, police officers from the Tactical Unit and the Key Points and Search Division continued to search for evidence, including the scattered parts of the crashed helicopter, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

The private helicopter, a Robinson R-44, took off from Shek Kong Airfield. at about 4:45 pm on Sunday.

It is said to have crashed into the farm at about 5.30 pm, with media reports saying that some explosions were heard.

The body of the pilot was later found on the ground near the cockpit. It is believed that there were no other casualties.

According to the Fire Services Department, a fire caused by the crash was put out before 6 pm on Sunday. The wreckage covered an area of 100 square meters, according to public broadcaster RTHK.

The deceased was identified as a 49-year-old lawyer surnamed Wong, who had been piloting the chopper.

Civic Party lawmaker Jeremy Tam Man-ho, a commercial pilot, pointed out that Robinson R-44 model has been widely used in the helicopter industry as it is known for high stability.

If there was any explosion before the accident, there is a possibility that it could have been caused by some kind of problem in the helicopter’s engine or fuel system, Tam speculated.

Investigations continued on Tuesday morning, local media reported, adding that the helicopter wreckage was yet to be removed from the crash site.

The farm, meanwhile, remains closed.

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