Row as search for helicopter is called off
10 November 2005, AMSTERDAM — A row has developed after the search for millionaire Michael Erceg and Grolsch export manager Guus Klatte was called off in New Zealand.
10 November 2005
AMSTERDAM — A row has developed after the search for millionaire Michael Erceg and Grolsch export manager Guus Klatte was called off in New Zealand.
Erceg's family is accusing the search teams of looking in the wrong area of the missing the helicopter carrying the pair. The official search for Erceg's helicopter has now been called off, it was reported on Thursday morning.
Mr Erceg founded Independent Liquor. Mr Klatte was the export director of Dutch brewer Grolsch.
As many as 20 helicopters were involved in the search, which covered about 20,000 square kilometres around Taranaki and Wanganui.
The Rescue Co-ordination Centre said the search will only resume if new information is received.
Erceg is the founder of Independent Liquor and New Zealand's ninth richest man, on board. Klatte, who lived in the Netherlands, was on a business trip to New Zealand. He was the passenger on Erceg's helicopter when it lifted off from Auckland on Friday morning (local time). The craft disappeared from air traffic control radar after half an hour.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]
Subject: Dutch news