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Helicopter Crash Kills 7 in New Zealand Tourist Spot

by Reuters /  / Updated 
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A helicopter crashed on the Fox Glacier, a popular tourist site on the West Coast of the south Island on Nov. 21, 2015. Six tourists and their pilot were killed.New Zealand Police / AFP - Getty Images

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WELLINGTON — A helicopter crashed at a remote New Zealand glacier tourist spot on Saturday, killing all seven on board, police said.

Rescuers found the wreck of the helicopter in a crevasse at Fox Glacier, on the west coast of New Zealand's South Island, but were unable to reach it due to difficult terrain, police said in a statement.

Four tourists from the United Kingdom, two from Australia and a New Zealand pilot were on board the helicopter reported missing on Saturday morning local time.

Police said they were liaising with embassies to contact next of kin and would attempt to recover the bodies on Sunday.

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A helicopter crashed on the Fox Glacier, a popular tourist site on the West Coast of the south Island on Nov. 21, 2015. Six tourists and their pilot were killed.New Zealand Police / AFP - Getty Images

Local media said the helicopter was operated by Alpine Adventures, which provides scenic flights and landings on the glacier.

In 2010, a plane headed for Fox Glacier crashed while taking off from a nearby town, killing all nine people on board.

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