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Sharks & Steel
a ‘core hub’
Both reigning champions knew they would be hunted going into
the new season but so far they have relished the fight and come
out on top.
as investigations continue
into last month's helicopter crash
off the sub-antarctic Islands, the
commission leading it says it may
take up to 18 months or more to
The wreckage will be inspected
as part of the various investigations
into the incident, but the lead
agency behind the investigation
says it's not the most important
piece of the puzzle.
Transport accident Investigation
Commission (TaIC) spokesman
Simon Pleasants said TaIC gave
Southern Lakes Helicopters
permission to retrieve the wreckage
because, at this stage, it was not
as important as the evidence of
the three men on board. Other
evidence also included extensive
interviews with the helicopter's
owners and operators, as well
as maintenance records, Caa
inspections and reports.
However, the recovered
wreckage, and any that may still
remain on the sea bed, was under a
protection order forbidding anyone
from interfering with it without
TaIC's express permission.
Mr Pleasants said it would be
transferred to a secure technical
facility in Wellington if TaIC believed
it needed to go there, "but that
decision has not yet been made".
Investigators are currently in the
evidence collection phase, which
Mr Pleasants said often lasted
That's followed by analysis,
a draft report, consultation with
stakeholders with a legally-defined
interest in the incident, a final
report, then its publication.
"That whole process takes 12, 18
months. Sometimes longer. We've
got one that's at around about the
three-and-a-half year mark at the
moment," Mr Pleasants said.
While TaIC is the lead agency
investigating the accident, Caa
spokesman Blake Crayton-Brown
said the Caa's Safety Investigation
Unit was conducting a safety
It was limited in scope to
communications between the
operator and air Traffic Control
and the equipment requirements
for operating outside of the NZ
Domestic Flight Information Region,
Meanwhile, the southern region
has been quick to donate to two
separate fundraisers last week.
More than $15,000 has been
raised thus far from last Friday's
Westpac Chopper Bike Ride from
Queenstown to Invercargill.
Bike ride organiser Murray
Heath said final counts of this year's
fundraiser were expected in the
next few weeks as riders were still
collecting donations from sponsors,
but so far the event's Givealittle
page has raised $15,600. all funds
raised as part of the 235km bike
ride will go to the Lakes District air
Rescue Trust (LDaRT).
The next night in Te anau, a
fundraising dinner held by the
Rotary Club of Fiordland raised
$20,000 to help replace equipment
lost in the helicopter crash.
The event held at the Te anau
Club "exceeded expectations"
according to club president Marie
Mrs Galland said most of the
funds raised would go towards
search and rescue services in Te
anau and the Lakes District area.
Southern Lakes Helicopters
operations manager Lloyd
Matheson said they were incredibly
humbled at the fundraising efforts
and support from the community.
He said they would be holding
a joint meeting with both the
ambulance and water rescue
services to find out what specifically
needed replacing and what the
funds raised would be spent on.
“We’re not sure how we’re
going to utilise the fundraising but
we’re absolutely humbled over the
support that’s come about and
the continuing offers from other
organisations as well. It’s great to
see all that support coming out of
Huge support for rescue services
Chopper appeal riders and Takitimu Primary School students pose in front of the rescue chopper that visited the
school during the cyclists’ lunch break.
PHOTO: ELG Photography/@elgphotographynz
Southern Lakes Helicopters has retrieved the
wreckage of its BK-117 helicopter from the Southern
Ocean, while the community has raised tens of
thousands of dollars to replace lost equipment and
support rescue services in the south.
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