On Newshub tonight:
New footage from deep inside Pike River Mine shows no sign of an inferno or underground fire.
Filmed in 2011, just over a month after the fourth 2010 explosion, the footage shows the coal face of the mine, as deep as operations had got.
There are wooden pallets, rubber hoses, and other combustible items that are untouched and uncharred.
It flies in the face of what officials told the families on November 24 2010 – that the no one would have survived and the bodies would have been reduced to nothing.
The footage was taken by a camera lowered down a hole which had been drilled from 126m above the mine, known as borehole 44.
UK mines rescue consultant Brian Robinson says the footage shows there was no fire in the immediate area around borehole 44. …
See the video on Newshub.