Media statement from Glenorchy Air
The New Zealand tourism industry is mourning the unexpected death of a Queenstown aviation pioneer.
Yesterday evening (Monday October 22) Glenorchy Air chief pilot and co-owner Robert Rutherford, 71, was undertaking property maintenance when he fell and passed away.
Robert Rutherford and his wife Janet founded Glenorchy Air Services and Tourist Company in 1992. In November 2017 they celebrated 25 years of operating scenic flights, charters and tours to many destinations in the South Island and are well known by many in the community.
The company has temporarily suspended commercial operations as a mark of respect for staff, family and friends.
Glenorchy Air requests privacy for the family at this sad time.