Lindis Pass helicopter crash: one dead, another wounded

By | April 30, 2016

One person is dead and another is wounded after a helicopter crash near the Lindis Pass area in Otago today.

The injured person, reportedly the only other occupant in the helicopter, is currently in critical condition, and getting treatment at the Dunedin Hospital.

The victims’ identities have not yet been revealed.

Police said that they believe the helicopter was a small Robinson 22 model, which could fit up to two people. It was not revealed whether it was private or commercial.

Steve Rendle of the New Zealand Rescue Co-ordination Centre said told reporters that the Otago Rescue chopper was on the scene. “The Aspiring rescue helicopter from Wanaka is en route with an alpine rescue team on board if it is needed,” he added.

A spokesman from St John said that they were alerted shortly before noon. The Otago Rescue Helicopter from Dunedin arrived at the scene in a remote area around noon, due to the remote location and foggy weather conditions.

An Aspiring Helicopter from Wanaka is also went to the scene with a cliff rescue team.

According to a report by One News, it is believed that the crash happened on a steep hill.

The Civil Aviation Authority has already been notified of the incident.