British tourists killed in New Zealand helicopter crash named

British tourists killed in New Zealand helicopter crash named

Four British tourists who were killed during a helicopter excursion to the Fox Glacier in New Zealand have been named as Andrew Virco, 50, and Katharine Walker, 51, from Cambridge, and Nigel and Helen Charlton, aged 66 and 70, from Hampshire.

The four Britons were killed on Saturday morning when the helicopter crashed in a crevasse on the glacier on New Zealand’s South Island.

The Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers are among the most popular sights on South Island, with helicopters tours and heli-hikes common ways of viewing the natural wonders.

In addition to the four British travellers onboard, the crash also killed Sovannmony Leang, 27, and Josephine Gibson, 29, both from New South Wales, Australia, and pilot Mitchell Gameren, 28, from Queenstown.

The bodies of three of the victims have been recovered from the crash site, but poor weather means the remaining bodies may not be recovered until Wednesday.

Fox Glacier Heliservices, which organised the flight, said: “Fox Heliservices’ thoughts are with the families of the passengers and pilot. The pilot was a very valued member of our team. The New Zealand police and Civil Aviation Authority have taken over the investigation.”


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