Colleagues 'devastated' at Addenbrooke's medic's helicopter crash death


Colleagues of a British medic who died in a helicopter crash on a New Zealand glacier have been left "devastated" by her death, a hospital trust said.

Katharine Walker, 51, the head of radiotherapy at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge, was one of four Britons who died when the aircraft came down on the Fox Glacier on Saturday morning.

Three other British tourists, Ms Walker's partner Andrew Virco, 50, and Nigel Charlton, 66, and his wife Cynthia, 70, from Hampshire, died along with two Australian holidaymakers and the Kiwi pilot.

A spokesman for Cambridge University Hospitals, which runs Addenbrooke's, said: "Everyone at the hospital is devastated by the news and our thoughts go out to Kath's family at this very sad time.

"Kath was a much respected member of staff who had worked at Addenbrooke's for 23 years. We know many of our staff are going to be hit hard by this tragic news and we will be offering additional support for them."