- From: The Advertiser
- August 19, 2011
A police spokesman said police arrived at the scene about 2am. A police crew, crime scene examiner and paramedic flew by helicopter to the site overnight.
Police said the remoteness of the location and wet conditions had caused the delay - the nearest airstrip being 140km away and the water on the ground made it impossible to drive to the crash scene.Reports indicate two bodies have so far been recovered, and a search continues for the third.
The site is 146km north north west of Marree and 142km north east of William Creek, on the eastern side of Lake Eyre.
William Creek pilot Trevor Wright said the he believed the helicopter was being used for aerial photography and video and flying near the edge of Lake Eyre when it crashed sometime last night before 7.30pm.
An ABC spokesman meanwhile has confirmed there was an ABC crew working in a helicopter in that area. Mr Wright, who could not confirm who the occupants were, said the crew was planning to land and meet a group of people on the edge of the lake for dinner in the early evening.
"When the helicopter didn't turn up they became anxious and sent out a search party on foot, then they found the wreck," Mr Wright said
He said news of the victims had spread around the William Creek community.
"Everyone in the local community knows about it and is distraught it's an aviation community," he said.