Bodies found after chopper crashes off NZ

Bodies found after chopper crashes off NZ

01 December 2011

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New Zealand — Divers have found the bodies of two men killed in a helicopter crash off New Zealand’s North Island.

The chopper disappeared last night while carrying out a reconnaissance flight over a bushfire on the Karikari Peninsula.

The wreckage was found early this morning, but the cause of the crash is still being investigated.

The chopper went missing about 10:00pm yesterday (local time).

Regional rural fire service chief Lance Johnson said the fire, believed to have been deliberately lit, erupted about 7:00pm, forcing some residents in the remote area to wade into the sea to escape the flames.

He said firefighters hoped the blaze would burn itself out.

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