The Tourism Industry Association says the company that
ran the helicopter that crashed on Mt Alta near Wanaka on
Saturday has been working with the association on safety
TIA chief executive Chris Roberts said Harris Mountains
Heli-Ski had helped develop ''specific heli-skiing safety
guidelines'' that were now in place.
Responding to questions about the crash - and that involving
a light plane near Alexandra earlier this month in which the
pilot was killed and two passengers injured - Mr Roberts said
it was important to wait for the outcome of investigations to
understand why they occurred.
''It is a fact of life that virtually every day, somewhere in
the world, an aircraft crashes. Flying of any sort has an
inherent risk associated with it.
''What's important is how we manage that risk.''
Mr Roberts said both recent crashes had involved
well-established, safety-conscious businesses.
International research showed one-off incidents had no effect
on tourism numbers, he said.
As a sector, the industry was already ''very'' safety
conscious and aware its livelihood depended on providing a
safe experience for customers, he said.