Helicopter crashes with several passengers on board in rugged bush at Mt Disappointment north of Melbourne
A helicopter is feared to have crashed into rugged terrain near Melbourne with several passengers reportedly on board.
It’s understood two helicopters were travelling north in convoy from Melbourne’s CBD over Mount Disappointment, around 78km north of the city, when one aircraft disappeared just after 9.30am.
‘At this stage the second helicopter is yet to be located,’ Victoria Police said.
‘Emergency services are in the area searching.’
Initial reports indicate as many as seven people were on board.
Air searches are underway for the chopper, while local search and rescue crews have been dispatched and a command post has been set up at Mt Disappointment, near Whittlesea.
Air searches were launched on Thursday morning after reports a helicopter had gone missing near Melbourne around 9.35am
A blaze erupted at Mt Disappointment, with officials confirming the helicopter had crashed
Five Country Fire Authority vehicles and paramedics, including the air ambulance, have been dispatched to the area.
Ambulance Victoria said it was called to reports of an aviation incident at Mt Disappointment around 9.35am.
‘Crews are making their way to the scene and the air ambulance has been dispatched,’ Ambulance Victoria said in a statement.
‘No further details are available at this stage.’
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau has been notified.
More to come.