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Chopper crash finding


A Wanaka pilot’s mental health was not a factor in a Queenstown helicopter crash that killed two people in 2015, an inquiry has found. The investigat­ion was reopened after the Transport Accident Investigat­ion Commission (TAIC) had received new evidence about Stephen Anthony Nicholson Combe’s concerning mental health the year before the crash. The 42-year-old instructor and his student, James Louis Patterson Gardner, 18, were killed when the Robinson R44 they were flying crashed on February 19, 2015.

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