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Australian helicopter crew injured in emergency landing in Antarctica

PUBLISHED : Monday, 02 December, 2013, 11:00pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 03 December, 2013, 4:28am

A helicopter carrying Australian researchers had to make an emergency landing in Antarctica, injuring the pilot and two passengers. They were last night awaiting rescue with another crew.

The chopper, chartered by the Australian Antarctic Division, went down 150 nautical miles from Davis Station on Sunday night as it returned from a penguin colony surveillance mission near the Amery ice shelf.

"The pilot and two passengers were injured," the AAD said. "The helicopter was travelling in tandem with a second helicopter which immediately set down and assisted the injured."

The second helicopter's pilot and passenger were caring for the injured while a medical support mission was being scrambled. The exact nature of their injuries or what prompted the emergency landing were unclear.

The AAD said it was now looking at "aircraft assets and weather patterns" in the area.

Australia has three Antarctic bases - Davis, Casey and Mawson - as well as a sub-Antarctic station at Macquarie Island.



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