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Charges laid over fatal chopper crash

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 2/06/2016

The wreckage of the chopper from the Fox Glacier crash © New Zealand police via AP The wreckage of the chopper from the Fox Glacier crash Two people involved with a scenic flight company that operated a helicopter which crashed on Fox Glacier killing seven people are facing health and safety charges.

Six tourists - including two Australians and four Britons - along with a New Zealand pilot died after the helicopter crashed into the West Coast glacier in November last year.

Alpine Adventures had its licence suspended last week while the Civil Aviation Authority investigates safety concerns and has now laid charges.

The company's owner James Scott and quality assurance manager Barry Waterland have been charged under health and safety legislation.

A spokesman for CAA confirmed charges have been filed and said the authority would not comment further while the matter was before the court.

A report into the crash by the Transport Accident Investigation Commission is expected to be completed by May next year.

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