Police: 7 feared dead in New Zealand helicopter crash

Posted at 4:07 PM, Nov 21, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-21 18:07:50-05
By Ed Payne and Christine Theodorou


(CNN) — Seven people are feared dead after a sightseeing helicopter crashed in New Zealand, police said.

“It is believed two were Australians and four were from the United Kingdom,” police said in a statement. It did not give the pilot’s nationality.

The helicopter went down Saturday on Fox glacier, a popular tourist destination on the nation’s south island.

The glacier’s in a remote location, and recovery of the bodies could take a number of days, police said. Next of kin are being notified.

Bad weather was hampering the recovery effort and teams were on standby, police said Sunday morning.