Bodies of Hannah Timings and pilot found 8 years after New Zealand helicopter crash
The family of Hannah Timings, a British woman who went missing on a vacation in New Zealand eight years ago, have finally had closure, according to reports.
Her body was found this week in a crashed helicopter, along with the body of the pilot, eight years after the pair first went missing while on a flight in a remote part of New Zealand. Timings was 28 years old at the time. The young New Zealand pilot, Campbell Montgomerie, was 27.
The Hughes 500 helicopter wreckage was first noticed by another helicopter pilot on Wednesday. He telephoned local authorities who were able to get to the remote scene of the crash and recover the two bodies.
Of course, DNA testing will be used to confirm the bodies are those of Hannah Timings and Campbell Montgomerie but, as the helicopter is the same one that went missing in 2004 with Timings and Montgomerie aboard, there’s little doubt.
Hannah Timings was on a six-month holiday in New Zealand when she took the ill-fated helicopter trip.
Police have notified the families and say they hope the discovery brings some closure.
Here is the original story from 2004:
Despite an extensive air and ground search lasting more than a week, the unforgiving nature of the landscape may mean neither family will find the answers.
On his arrival from England, Timings was taken on a flyover to give him an idea of what the search entailed. The Montgomerie family, who had previously walked the Milford Track and knew the make-up of the land, said even they were bewildered by the extent of the search.
But Timings was shocked.
“It was nothing like I could have imagined – to me it looked like the Amazon put on top of the Himalayas.”
Describing the vast and remote area to his family waiting anxiously in England was difficult. “There is nothing like it in Europe that I know of.”
The official search run by the National Rescue Co-ordination Centre was scaled down a week ago. Before then, helicopters and light aircraft had clocked up more than 204 flying hours. Their operators, and those co-ordinating them, collectively worked for more than 2300 hours.