The recovery of the bodies of three Canadians killed in a plane crash in Antarctica is on hold until at least October.
The men were on board a Twin Otter aircraft which crashed in bad weather last week on Mount Elizabeth, halfway between the South Pole and McMurdo Sound.
The plane was sighted on Saturday and an initial assessment by the owner of the plane deemed the crash "not survivable".
Antarctica New Zealand said this morning that the joint US and New Zealand search team has been recalled due to poor conditions.
"With the advent of the Antarctic winter, and the generally poor weather conditions at the crash site, any renewed effort to recover the remains will need to wait until the next Antarctic research season," the release said.
The season begins again in October.