Wreckage of helicopter missing in Mount Disappointment found by police

The crash site of a helicopter carrying five people who disappeared near Mount Disappointment in Australia has reportedly been found by police.

Australia News.com reported the helicopter was traveling in a convoy with a second helicopter from Melbourne when it crashed into the mountain after 9.30am on Thursday.

Individuals on the flight included four passengers and a pilot, and all were confirmed dead. The outlet said the helicopters were operated by a private company.

All five people were from Victoria or New South Wales. According to ABC Newsthose killed included a 32-year-old man from Cheltenham, a 50-year-old Inverloch woman, a 73-year-old man from Albert Park and two New South Wales men aged 59 and 70.

The flight is believed to have been bound for Ulupna Island in northern Victoria.

Police were reportedly alerted to the crash around 10.30am and reached the crash site on foot later that afternoon.

The second helicopter in the convoy reportedly landed safely at Mangalore Airport shortly after the first helicopter went missing.

According to Acting Inspector Josh Langelaan, the flights were carrying people on business trips.

He said the crash site was “very difficult terrain” and said bulldozers and excavators had to be brought in to allow access.

Microflite operated the helicopters and confirmed that four guests and one of its pilots died in the wreckage.

“I send my deepest condolences to everyone affected by this incident, whom we support during this very difficult time,” the company’s executive managing director, Rodney Higgins, said in a statement. “We will of course be working with all relevant authorities to carry out a very thorough investigation into what happened. The safety and well-being of all our passengers and people is our top priority and we have protocols in place to very strict security.

The Australian Transport Safety Board confirmed on Thursday that it has opened an investigation into the accident.

ATSB chief commissioner Angus Mitchell said experts would be brought in to examine the wreckage.

“Once there, they will examine the wreckage and surrounding area, and recover all relevant components for further examination at the ATSB engineering facility in Canberra,” he said. “The ATSB will also analyze all recorded data and conduct interviews with those with knowledge of the flight.”

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