UPDATE: Names of two Australians killed in NZ helicopter crash

TWO South Australians have been named as those who lost their lives in the helicopter crash in New Zealand.

Leang Sovannmony, 27, and Josephine Gibson, 29, died when the aircraft went down at Fox Glacier on Saturday.

Queenstown pilot Mitchell Paul Gameren, 28, also perished alongside four British tourists: Andrew Virco, 50, Katharine Walker, 51, Nigel Edwin Charlton, 66, and Cynthia Charlton, 70.


An accident investigator has flown over the site as recovery teams try  to work out out how to retrieve the bodies.

EARLIER: RESCUE teams will try to reach the site of a helicopter crash in New Zealand today, as it’s confirmed two Australians perished in the tragedy.

The names of the victims, which also include the pilot and four British tourists, are yet to be released.

The seven were on board when the helicopter came down on Fox Glacier, a popular tourist spot on the South Island.

Poor weather is hampering efforts to reach the site, with reports the wreck is wedged in a crevasse.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has spoken to the families of the Australians who lost their lives in what she has called a “distressing time”.