Suspected helicopter crash between Queenstown and Wanaka

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A suspected helicopter crash between Wanaka and Queenstown has sparked a major emergency operation.

Police, fire, St John plus Search and Rescue volunteers all deployed to Cardrona Valley from about 8.30pm tonight (Thursday) after reports of a chopper crash in the Pisa Range area.

A police officer near the scene says a witness has reported seeing a helicopter drop out of the sky after its rotor appeared to stop.

It’s unknown whether there was more than one person on board at this stage.