Passengers interviewed after chopper tips on landing

Air accident investigators have interviewed the five passengers on board a helicopter that rolled over on touchdown near Queenstown yesterday afternoon.
The Squirrel AS350 B2, operated through The Helicopter Line (THL), tipped over on Mt Sale, on the Crown Range, in the course of a sightseeing flight approximately 2.50pm.

3 Shipping coincidence Research Commission (TAIC) personnel, inclusive of investigators, arrived within the hotel this morning.

Investigator Steve Walker said the facts furnished with the aid of the Three Chinese language and Australian passengers nowadays had been ”absolutely useful”.

He and fellow investigator Ian McClelland had yet to interview the pilot, however expected to achieve this in the subsequent day or so.

They could go to the scene of the accident, approximately 7km northeast of Arrowtown, the following day.

One tourist sustained a cut knee when the helicopter tipped over in the course of the landing.

The scenic flight changed into carrying 3 Chinese language and Australian tourists.

Jeff Staniland, chief executive of THL proprietor Skyline Enterprises, said the day past the helicopter rolled on its facet on landing in tender snow.

The pilot and the alternative tourists sustained ”minor bumps and bruises”, Mr Staniland said.

The pilot of the broken helicopter contacted the enterprise’s base at Queenstown Airport. Any other THL helicopter was dispatched to retrieve the vacationers and reached the website inside 10 to fifteen mins, he said.

The passengers have been flown to the bottom through three.30pm, wherein St John ambulance team of workers were ready.

The incident, the motive of which changed into unknown, were suggested to the Civil Aviation Authority of new Zealand and relevant authorities, he stated.

The Otago Day by day Instances understands the Chinese language passengers on board were on an excursion organised by means of Auckland-based journey business enterprise Worldway travel. organization spokesman Ben Woo declined to remark while contacted.

In 2014, a Squirrel helicopter operated with the aid of Every other Skyline subsidiary, Harris Mountains Heliski, crashed while entering land on Mt Alta, west of Lake Wanaka, killing Auckland man Jerome Box (52) and injuring seven others.

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