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From left to right: John Bean, Gary Ticehurst and Paul Lockyer
From left to right: John Bean, Gary Ticehurst and Paul Lockyer
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ABC crew killed in chopper crash in South Australia

Australia’s national broadcaster mourns the loss of three of its experienced crew following a helicopter crash yesterday.
Aug 18th 2011, 9:44 PM 387 0

AUSTRALIA’S NATIONAL BROADCASTER, ABC, has said it believes three of its crew have died after a helicopter crash in South Australia yesterday.

Veteran ABC journalist Paul Lockyer, cameraman John Bean and pilot Gary Ticehurst were on board the helicopter when it crashed, ABC said today.

The chopper came down in a remote area of Lake Eyre in South Australia. Two bodies have been found and police are not expecting to find survivors, the Sydney Morning Herald reports. A search for a third body is underway.

The experienced crew had been working on news and feature programmes in the area before their aircraft went down.

It took police investigators hours to get to the scene because of its remote location and bad weather. The rescue helicopter has now reached the site.

“This has been the longest of nights and we fear it will be the saddest of days,” said ABC managing director Mark Scott, before paying tribute to the three men.

Read: ABC’s report on the crash and its tribute to the deceased >

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