New Zealand chopper crash report lashes regulator

24 May, 2019 12:00 AM printer

WELLINGTON: A report into a 2015 New Zealand helicopter crash that claimed seven lives criticised the aviation regulator Thursday for lax oversight that allowed an inadequately trained pilot to operate scenic flights, reports AFP.

The Airbus AS350 chopper crashed into the South Island’s Fox Glacier, killing all aboard including a New Zealand pilot, four Britons and two Australians.

Investigators found no single definitive cause for the crash but pointed to multiple failings by the pilot, operator J.P. Scott and the regulator.

Bad weather in the rugged area meant the flight should never have taken place and the conditions probably caused the pilot to misjudge the aircraft’s distance from the ground, the Transport Accident Investigation Commission said.