Pike River re-entry crew reaches 'critical area for forensic examination'

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The Pike River re-entry crew has reached a “critical area for forensic examination”, known as pit bottom in stone.

Pike River Re-entry Minister Andrew Little called it a “major milestone”.

Pit bottom in stone was a network of side roads off the mine’s access tunnel, or drift, containing heavy electrical gear, including switchgear. It is about 1900 metres up the drift.

“The infrastructure located in pit bottom in stone is of very significant interest in determining why 29 men went to work on November 19, 2010, and never came home,” Little said.

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