Helicopter found 8 years later in New Zealand Mountain (Photo)

By on Nov 22, 2012 in Australia, World Comments

A helicopter was found 8 years later in the remote area of Fiordland in New Zealand, after it went missing in early January 2004. The chopper, found on Thanksgiving Day, reportedly disappeared in the mountainous South Island area after losing contact with air traffic controllers.

Helicopter found 8 years later
Helicopter found 8 years later in wreckage
Image Credit: New Zealand Police

According to the police, the Hughes 500 helicopter, reportedly carrying 27-year-old British pilot Campbell Montgomerie and 28-year-old tourist Hannah Timings, was found on Thursday, November 22, 2012, eve of Black Friday.

After the helicopter went missing eight years ago, several search and rescue operations were immediately conducted over a two-week period but failed to locate the wreckage.

Authorities explained that the helicopter wreckage was located in a “rugged terrain at the edge of the original search area on Wednesday by another helicopter pilot.”

Reports say that DNA testing will be conducted to formally identify the two bodies.

The police added that the families of the victims were already notified.

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