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Police get an hour's work in at crash site before weather sets in

Police filmed the scene of a helicopter crash on Fox Glacier with a drone today, as well as recovered some evidence before weather again halted their operation.

Recovery staff and victims' families face frustrating times as the quest for answers continues following the weekend's fatal helicopter crash. Source: 1 NEWS

A helicopter managed to land on the glacier shortly after 11am today and were able to do about an hours' work before the weather came back in.

Rescue staff at the scene of a fatal helicopter crash on Fox Glacier Source: Supplied

The operations today included filming the area using a drone, establishing a route to the wreckage and recovering some evidence.

Recovery crews were yesterday unable to return to the glacier to recover the remaining bodies from Saturday's crash. Four have already been recovered, three remain.

A two hour window of good weather is needed to start recovering the three remaining bodies. Source: Breakfast

Aoraki-Mt Cook Alpine Rescue, South Westland Alpine Cliff Rescue Team, and police victim identification teams were on standby today ready to deploy to the glacier as soon as the weather allowed.

The crash site on the glacier is also moving at a rate of one metre a day, police said.

Among the dead are Sovannmony Leang, 27, and Josephine Gibson, 29, from New South Wales and Andrew Virco, 50, and Katharine Walker, 51, both from Cambridge in the UK.

Fellow Britons Nigel Edwin Charlton, 66, and Cynthia Charlton, 70, were from Hampshire.

Queenstown pilot, 28-year-old Mitchell Paul Gameren, also died in the crash.