There were three people on board a Hughes 500 helicopter which crashed shortly before 11am today near Wanaka Airport. Inspector Olaf Jensen has confirmed that there were no survivors.
"The victims’ families have been notified and we are working to support them," Jensen said. "We acknowledge this is the second helicopter crash in the Wanaka area in recent times and the impact this will have on the local community."
The scene will be secured overnight and police are working with other agencies on scene examination and recovery of the victims’ bodies.