Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Ruapehu Volcano Helicopter Crash

A helicopter crashed into the crater lake at the summit of Mt Ruapehu volcano about 1730 hr last night. The helicopter crashed soon after take-off, hitting the side of the crater and falling into the water. Five occupants climbed out of the water on to a ledge between the lake and an ice wall. The pilot raised the alarm after walking down the mountain toward Whakapapa skifield. A hydrothermal eruption occurred at the crater lake in October this year.
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