Helicopter crashes at New Zealand glacier, killing all seven on board

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Posted: Nov 20, 2015 7:53 PM

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - A helicopter crashed at a remote New Zealand glacier tourist spot on Saturday, killing all seven on board, police said.

Rescuers had found the wreck of the helicopter in a crevasse at Fox Glacier, on the west coast of New Zealand’s South Island, but were unable to reach it due to difficult terrain, police said in a statement.

The identities of the pilot and six passengers have not been released. Police said the recovery operation and investigation was likely to take days.

The helicopter was operated by Alpine Adventures, which provides scenic flights and landings on the glacier, media said.

In 2010, a plane headed for Fox Glacier crashed while taking off from a nearby town, killing all nine people on board.

(Reporting by Charlotte Greenfield in Wellington and Morag MacKinnon in Perth; Editing by Nick Macfie)