A paramedic and alpine rescue team who looked over the crash site confirmed there were no survivors.
"A helicopter carrying seven people including the pilot has crashed at the top of the Fox Glacier," inspector John Canning said. "We have been to the site and there is no sign of life and tomorrow we hope to recover the bodies of those involved”, he added.

The names and nationalities of the pilot and six passengers would not be released until their families were informed of the tragedy, however Canning confirmed the pilot was a local man.
Debris from the wrecked helicopter was spread over several hundred metres with the main part of the aircraft wedged between house-sized blocks of ice.


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