Fatal crash court dates set

Three years after seven people died in a helicopter crash on Fox Glacier, a case brought against the helicopter company has almost made it to court.

Civil Aviation and the Greymouth District Court confirmed this week a hearing was scheduled for November 28 to set pre-trial and trial dates.

Queenstown pilot Mitch Gameren (28) and six tourists died when the Alpine Adventures Squirrel helicopter being flown by Mr Gameren on a scenic trip plunged into a deep crevasse high on Fox Glacier on November 21, 2015.

In June 2016, Alpine Adventures was charged with health and safety offences.

Civil Aviation filed charges but did not comment further, saying the matter was before the courts.

Company owner James Scott, of Karangarua, south of Fox Glacier, and quality assurance manager Barry Waterland, of Central Otago, were charged under health and safety legislation.

A separate aircraft investigation report is now not expected to be released until later this year. In March 2016, the Transport Accident Investigation Commission said the inquiry was expected to be completed ''no earlier than May 2017''.

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