Initial interviews with witnesses to Saturday's fatal
Helicopter Line crash on Mt Alta, near Wanaka, are expected
to be completed today or tomorrow morning.
Jerome Box (52), of Auckland, was killed in the crash and six
other men on board were injured while on a Harris Mountains
Transport Accident Investigation Commission general manager
communications and investigation support Peter Northcote said
two investigators spent yesterday gathering documentary
evidence and conducting interviews in the Queenstown area.
The helicopter wreckage was transported across Lake Wanaka by
barge on Monday night and would be taken to the commission's
Wellington technical facility for further examination later
Harris Mountains Heli-Ski and Helicopter Line director Mark
Quickfall said the company's normal heli-ski operations had
The pilot of the crashed helicopter Dave Matthews and
heli-ski guide Mark Sedon were both recovering at home, Mr
''Mark remains housebound with injuries including broken
bones, bruises and abrasions.
''However, he is healing and looks forward to being back on
skis by season's end.''