By Kurt Bayer, New Zealand Herald:
The helicopter pilot hospitalised after a crash while fighting the Tasman bush fire yesterday has been revealed as industry “legend” Bill Reid.
Experienced pilot Reid’s helicopter, which was carrying a monsoon bucket, suffered what has been described as a hard landing just before 3pm in the Eves Valley area. He was the only person on board.
Reid was found at the wreckage and taken to Nelson Hospital with “minor to moderate” injuries, according to Acting Tasman district commander Inspector Zane Hooper.
Reid Helicopters, based nearby at Wakefield, just south of Nelson, issued a statement yesterday to confirm the hard landing next to a road within the fire ground.
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