Report into chopper crash may take a year

Last updated 14:35 24/12/2013
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It may take up to a year before it is known what caused a Hughes 500 helicopter to down in Fiordland killing the pilot, authorities say.

William Bruce Andrews, known as Bruce, aged 49, from Te Anau, was the only person in the helicopter that crashed on December 15. He was a pilot for Milford Helicopters.

The wrecked helicopter was found in steep terrain at 9.15pm in the Glade Burn close to the start of the Milford Track, near Lake Te Anau.

A Civil Aviation Authority spokeswoman said the safety investigation team were still gathering information from relevant sources at this stage.

The report could take up to a year to complete, and there no public update was expected until the investigation was completed, she said.

Mr Andrew’s death has been referred to the coroner.

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