Indonesia helicopter crash kills two

A helicopter chartered by US giant Newmont Mining crashed in central Indonesia killing two people, a rescue official said Monday. The Bell 412 with two people on board including the pilot went missing on Sunday. A rescue team located the wreckage Monday in a valley in West Nusa Tenggara province. "The pilot and one passenger were found dead," provincial search and rescue chief Ida Bagus Gde Budisma told AFP. The helicopter, chartered from Air Fast Indonesia by Newmont Mining's local unit, lost contact two minutes after it took off from the company's mine site, heading for basecamp in Sumbawa district. An Australian and a Slovak pilot were killed early this month when their small Cessna Grand Caravan aircraft, which was carrying fuel and food to a remote area in Papua province, went down. Another small aircraft, which was also transporting supplies to remote villages for a Christian humanitarian association in Papua, crashed on Thursday, killing its American pilot and two passengers. The sprawling Indonesian archipelago relies heavily on air transport and has a poor aviation record. by Rory Mulholland and Jay Deshmukh (c) 2011 AFP

Source: AFP
Date: Sep 26, 2011