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The Civil Aviation Authority has confirmed it is investigating a helicopter accident that happened in Haast last Sunday.
A CAA media spokeswomen said the accident involving a Hughes helicopter occurred during a deer recovery operation as the aircraft lifted off from a river bed near Haast. No-one was injured.
A Transport Accident Investigation Commission spokesman said the commission was aware of the accident but it was not conducting an investigation.
Neither organisation would say who was operating the helicopter.