Wreckage of missing helicopter found

Publish Date
Friday, 10 October 2014, 5:48PM
Updated 5:31pm: The search for a missing helicopter and its pilot has reached a sad end ... as wreckage has been found in the Kahurangi National Park.

The body of the pilot was found in the wreckage, which was discovered around three this afternoon, in the search area identified from the helicopter's last known position.

Search and rescue coordinator John Ashby praised the efforts of the searchers.

He says it's obviously a very sad day for the pilot's loved ones and his thoughts are with them.

Recovery of the pilot’s body is being handled by the police.

The Transport Accident Investigation Commission and the Civil Aviation Authority are both investigating the crash.

Source: Newstalk ZB