13 Dec 2019

Whakaari/White Island: How recovery mission works

From Morning Report, 7:10 am on 13 December 2019

The mission to recover the bodies of those killed in Monday's eruption on Whakaari/White Island is underway.

Two Defence Force helicopters have been seen by our reporters heading towards White Island.

It is a beautifully still day in Whakatane.

An eight-member Defence Force team planned to land in the crater.

While it the aim is for people to be on the ground inside the crater for as short a time as possible the entire mission is expected to take a number of hours.

RNZ reporter Ben Strang is at the airport.