Seven feared dead in New Zealand glacier helicopter crash

Published: Saturday 21st November 2015 by The News Editor

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Seven people are believed to have been killed after a commercial helicopter crashed on a scenic glacier in New Zealand.

Rescue teams located the wreckage of the helicopter inside a crevasse on Fox Glacier, but were unable to reach it because of the difficult terrain, police said. They said the pilot and six passengers were believed to have died.

The helicopter crashed at about 11am local time on the glacier, a popular tourist destination on New Zealand’s South Island.

Rescuers reached the scene in the afternoon, but crevasses and rugged terrain hampered their efforts.

A rescue helicopter used a winch to lower a paramedic and an alpine rescue team to the area of the crash, said Vince Cholewa, a spokesman for Maritime New Zealand. He said the area where the helicopter crashed was filled with crevasses and treacherous terrain.

Mr Cholewa did not have details yet on whether the passengers were tourists.

Tourism firms regularly fly visitors on to the popular glacier so they can see it up close.

Published: Saturday 21st November 2015 by The News Editor

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