One person dead after helicopter crash in Central Otago

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A helicopter has crashed in Central Otago shortly before midday today, killing one person and leaving another seriously injured.

The Lindis Pass road.

The Lindis Pass road.

Source: Michal Klajban/Wikimedia Commons

Police have confirmed the crash in the Lindis Pass area.

St John confirmed the death and said one other person - the only other occupant - had been flown to Dunedin Hospital in a critical condition.

Due to the remoteness of the area, the Otago Rescue Helicopter from Dunedin didn't arrive until 11:50am.

It’s believed the crash occurred on a steep hill, as the cliff rescue team were also flown in with Aspiring Helicopters from Wanaka.

The Civil Aviation Authority has been notified of the crash. 

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