A helicopter pilot and three passengers had a lucky escape
after crash landing on Lake Rotorua this morning.
Emergency Services were called to Lake Rotorua about 10.15am
after reports the helicopter had struck difficulty.
The female pilot from Volcanic Air Safaris was taking a
scenic flight with a man and his two children.
The pilot landed about 80m off the shore of Lake Rd, near the
end of Bennetts Rd, Koutu, police spokeswoman Kim Perks said
When the pilot realised something was wrong, she turned the
helicopter into shallow water on the lake to do a controlled
landing, she said.
A local who witnessed the crash landing waded out to help the
pilot and passengers out of the aircraft.
A boat in the area took the four people to Volcanic Air
Safaris' base at the Rotorua Lakefront.
Dorien Vroom from the helicopter company said nobody on board
"Everybody's out at the moment having coffee."
Ms Vroom did not know how high the chopper was before ending
up in the lake or why it needed to make the emergency
Ms Perks said Civil Aviation Authority was securing the scene
and investigating what went wrong.
It is understood the helicopter will be winched out of the
lake by another aircraft.
Rotorua Fire Service senior station officer Colin Rolfe said
it appeared the pilot did a fantastic job landing the
"It landed upright on its skids," he said.