Helicopter crash kills seven in New Zealand

Inclement weather and poor flying conditions will impede recovery efforts at Fox Glacier tourist destination: officials.

    Helicopter crash kills seven in New Zealand
    Poor weather at Fox Glacier reportedly contributed to the deadly crash [Tracey Nearmy/EPA]

    A helicopter crashed on a New Zealand glacier killing all seven people aboard on Saturday.

    A photo taken by a police search crew showed the wreckage wedged into a crevasse in unforgiving terrain, nearly 800 metres up the Fox Glacier on South Island.

    Officials said inclement weather and poor flying conditions would hamper recovery efforts for the remains.

    A rescue team was lowered from the air to the crash site and found no survivors, local media quoted police as saying. 

    The six passengers were initially reported to be foreign tourists but no other information was available, the New Zealand Herald reported.

    Fox Glacier on the west coast of the South Island is a popular tourist destination, particularly in the summer season that is beginning in the southern hemisphere soon.

    SOURCE: DPA


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