One person is believed to have died in a helicopter crash
near Wanaka this evening.
An owner of the farm where the helicopter crashed said one
person had been found dead at the scene.
It was not known if any one else was on board.
Inspector Alan Weston of police southern communications said
they received a report of a crash at 8.30pm and sent
emergency services to the area to search for the aircraft.
Police near the scene of the crash said there was at least
one person on board at the time of the crash.
Two helicopters with flashlights circled the crash site on
the Pisa Range, near Wanaka, this evening.
A medic, and fire officer and two or three land search and
rescue staff were on board those helicopters.
Police said a witness had seen the helicopter drop out of the
sky after its rotor stopped.
A spokeswoman for Wanaka-based Aspiring Helicopters Alex Ford
said the company had sent a helicopter to the scene after a
request from police.
Police asked the company to "go in a hurry'' because it was