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  • Hughes 369D / 500D

    This model is a version of 369 / 500 / H-6

    c/n 108-0349D

    Written off 1980

    Helicopter Hughes 369D / 500D Serial 108-0349D Register N58243 used by Paradise Helicopters. Aircraft history and location


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    For N58243 see also:
            369d c/n 41-0934D


    usa State of Hawaii

    1980-11-19Paradise Helicopters at Honolulu, HI
    w/o 19nov80
    canc Oct82 Paradise Helicopters
    crashed during filming TV series Magnum P.I. Magnum, P.I. (1980-1988)

    notes Original helicopter with this designation crashed and destroyed during the filming of TV series "Magnum P.I." during the filming of the episode "Skin Deep". Air Date: 1/15/1981 During the filming of this episode, in a low-flying aerial sequence, a Hughes 369D (N58243*) helicopter crashed into the ocean, tragically killing camera technician Robert Van Der Kar (and injuring the pilot Robert Sanders). The official NTSB report found the cause to be pilot error, a misjudgement in altitude (i.e. the chopper was flying too low). The NTSB suspended Robert Sanders' license for 90 days. An on-screen caption before the closing credits of this episode reads: This episode is dedicated to camera technician ROBERT VAN DER KAR who died during its filming The helicopter was hovering feet above the water when a whitecap of ocean water hit one of the landing skids which caused the aircraft to plunge into the water.

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