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2 dead in Australia's Queensland helicopter crash

2011-09-08 16:41

BRISBANE, Australia - Two men have died in a helicopter crash near Rockhampton in central Queensland of Australia, local media reported on Thursday.

Three people were aboard when the helicopter, from a North Queensland charter company, crashed in dense bushland at Shoalwater Bay, near Rockhampton, at about noon (local time) on Thursday, the Australian Associated Press (AAP) said.

A man who survived the crash has been taken to Rockhampton Base Hospital by a rescue helicopter.

Two other men on board at the time were found dead at the scene, according to AAP.

Due to the isolated location and dense bushland, a recovery team would be deployed to the crash site on Friday, police said.

Rescue helicopter pilot Brad Nagy told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) Radio it was "extremely vegetated and wooded" terrain.

"From the pinnacle where I dropped them off on the winch down to the crash site which is only about 150 meters away, it took them at least 15 to 20 minutes to get there," Nagy said.

"It's that heavily vegetated."

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