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One person hurt in helicopter crash

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 12/09/2016

One person has been injured in a helicopter crash during a scenic flight near Queenstown.

The man was among six people on the board the helicopter, which crashed on Monday while landing on snow on Mt Sale in the Crown Range between Arrowtown and Cardrona.

The Helicopter Line chief executive Jeff Staniland says the man suffered a cut to a knee, while the others on board were shaken by the incident.

He says the Squirrel helicopter, which was carrying an Australian couple and three Chinese passengers, took off from Queenstown just before 3pm and the 30 to 45-minute flight included a snow landing.

"On landing on the snow, the machine tipped over on its side," he said.

"Everyone is okay apart from one passenger with a cut on his knee."

Mr Staniland said another helicopter was sent to area.

He said everyone was picked up and brought back to Queenstown and assessed by St John Ambulance staff.

The injured man was taken to hospital for treatment.

Mr Staniland said it was hard to know at this stage what caused the crash.

"We'll carry out an investigation and we've also informed the Transport Accident Investigation Commission."

Mr Staniland said The Helicopter Line, which has fleet of 19 machines, would be continuing operations.

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