A Stuff article.
A vital clue into what might have caused the Pike River mine explosion has been unearthed from inside the mine.
The recovery team at Pike River has recovered a large chunk of metal understood to be a piece of the main ventilation fan. It weighs about a tonne and is about 3 metres long.
The Pike River Recovery Agency is recovering the drift – the 2.3-kilometre mine access tunnel – in a $51 million Government-funded project aimed at looking for bodies and evidence of the cause of the disaster to help a police criminal investigation.
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