Personal/Corporate

NZ Mainteance Pair Convicted of Manslaughter

By James T. McKenna | March 13, 2008

Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul, Personal Aircraft

A New Zealand jury has convicted two men of manslaughter in the 2005 crash of a Robinson R22, according to press reports. The jury in Nelson High Court deliberated for nine hours before convicting former Skytech Aviation owner John Horrell and licensed aircraft maintenance engineer (or mechanic) Ronald Potts of the manslaughter of Philip Devon Heney. They are to be sentenced May 2. Heney was killed when his R22 crashed near his home on the second flight after he picked it up following maintenance at Skytech. Investigators concluded the R22 crashed because its tail-rotor drive shaft had been assembled incorrectly during maintenance by unlicensed mechanics and Horrell and Potts failed to properly inspect the unlicensed mechanics’ work. For related news

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