‘Unsurvivable’: A helicopter rescue crew flew over the wrecked aircraft

The crew of a rescue helicopter who flew to the crash web site of a light-weight plane within the Southern Alps believes that the crash was “unsurvivable”.

Senior pilot Stu Farquhar, of Canterbury Westpac Helicopters Rescue, instructed NZ Herald That, after chatting with the crew, “it turned out from the wreck web site that there have been no survivors.”

It was reported that the sunshine aircraft, with one individual on board, was delayed on Thursday at 11 am after taking off from Franz Josef at 9 am sure for Rangura.

Helicopter Canterbury Westpac rescue aircraft situated, in dangerous climate, close to Mount Nicholson, on snow in McCoy Glacier, on the jap facet of the Southern Alps.

“It was a really wrecked aircraft,” Farquhar stated.

He added, “The aircraft was full but it surely was minimize on the bottom. It wasn’t scattered over a big space, all of the items have been in a single place.”

Robust northwesterly winds boosted the helicopter because it made its technique to the crash web site.

The climate situations have been such that the snow and clouds seemed like “white”.

The helicopter landed in a sheltered valley and used the plane’s path on Flight Radar, an emergency locator, and GPS coordinates, to find the plane.

“They hovered over it [the plane] “For some time to take photos and look carefully on the scene to verify from the air that it’s not prone to be a survivable accident,” Farquhar stated.

The Rescue Coordination Heart’s makes an attempt to get the Alpine Cliff rescue workforce to the location have been postponed as a result of poor climate situations.

An RNZAF NH90 helicopter was despatched to Christchurch to help within the operation.

The RCC stated an try can be made to succeed in the crash web site when the climate improves.

by Hamish Clark

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