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Fox Glacier heli company license suspended

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 30/05/2016
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

The scenic flight company that was the operator of a crashed helicopter which killed seven people on Fox Glacier has had its license suspended.

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

Civil Aviation Authority director Graeme Harris confirmed the Air Operating Certificate of Alpine Adventures' managing director James Scott has been suspended while it investigates safety concerns.

"The director said that the suspension action was taken in the public interest while his doubts about the safety of the operation were resolved," a statement from the CAA on Monday said.

"The action taken did not in any way pre-determine the outcome of the investigation to be carried out."

An Alpine Adventures spokesperson said the ban came into effect on Friday afternoon but the company is working with the CAA to get the suspension lifted.

Several pieces of wreckage recovered earlier this year were sent to the Transport Accident Investigation Commission in Wellington, for an inquiry that's expected to be completed by May 2017.

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