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7 killed in Fox Glacier helicopter crash: Police

Posted by te2ataria on November 21, 2015

Helicopter crash kills seven in Fox Glacier

“Weather conditions were poor at Fox Glacier at the time of the crash,” according to a report.

Tasman Police have issued the following statement:

Saturday, 21 November 2015 – 3:57pm

The wreck of a helicopter has been located in a crevasse on Fox Glacier although rescuers have been unable to reach the helicopter due to the difficult terrain.

Police can confirm that a pilot and 6 passengers [most probably overseas visitors] were on board the helicopter and believe no one has survived the crash.

Meanwhile Police are also working to locate the next of kin of those believed to have been on today’s helicopter flight.

Photo: NZ Police/Stuff NZ. The wreckage of the doomed helicopter, which crashed, killing all seven people on board, is seen in a crevasse on Fox Glacier.

Other details of the crash:

  • The helicopter crashed in a crevasse 2500ft (762m) up the valley and debris was scattered hundreds of metres around the crash site, said Inspector John Canning, adding that the recovery would be very difficult in the dangerous terrain..
  • The company involved is reportedly “Alpine Adventures”.
  • “Weather conditions were poor at Fox Glacier at the time of the crash.”
  • St John was alerted to the crash at 11.05am on Saturday.

Helicopter Crashes in New Zealand

An inordinate number of helicopter crashes occur in NZ each year. Helicopters flown both by NZ civilian and military pilots are also known to have crashed in other countries.  (Search blog content for some of details).

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