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Anzac Day Marred By Deaths In Military Helicopter Crash

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Anzac Day Marred By Deaths In Military Helicopter Crash

Auckland, April 25 NZPA - Anzac Day in New Zealand have been marred by the death of three people in a military helicopter heading towards memorial services in Wellington.

The three people died after the Air Force Iroquois helicopter, which was enroute from Ohakea Air Base in Rangitikei region, crashed into a gully on the hills high above State Highway 1 about 6.45am near Paekakariki Hill Rd, about 40km north east of Wellington.

An ambulance spokeswoman told NZPA three people died in the crash.

A fourth person was been transported by ambulance to Wellington Hospital, where the man was in a serious but stable condition, a hospital spokesperson told NZPA.

The Defence Force this morning confirmed the helicopter was travelling from Ohakea and heading towards Anzac Day commemorations in Wellington but would not make further comment.

Pukerua Bay resident Kathy McLauchlan told NZPA she could see the crash site from her window.

Weather conditions at the time of the crash were "extremely misty", she said.

"Since the mist has lifted we can see it."

The crash happened quite high on the hills overlooking Pukerua Bay, Ms McLauchlan said.

Military and rescue helicopters were circling the area and had been using the beach adjacent to the hills and State Highway 1 to transport the injured to an ambulance.

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