Australian miners feared killed in Indonesia

Australian miners from Newcrest are believed to have been killed in a helicopter accident in Indonesia.

A Bell 412 helicopter carrying ten passengers went down over Indonesia’s North Sulawesi province approximately half an hour after taking off from the town of Mandao, according to the SMH.

A spokesperson for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said it is aware of reports of the missing helicopter.

Consular officers from the Australian Embassy in Jakarta are in contact with Newcrest Mining who have commenced a search on foot and will undertake an air search at first light," the spokeswoman said.

"Newcrest have advised that two Australian nationals are on the flight manifest."

However, local police chief Vafafe Bayu told TVOne six Indonesians and four Australians were on board. All apparently work at a mine in North Maluku.

Newcrest operates its Gosowong gold silver project on Halmahera Island in the North Maluku province.

Search and rescue teams hit the site soon after losing contact with the helicopter, with reports emerging from the ABC that a woman has been found alive in the wreckage.

Names have not yet been released.

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Newcrest has confirmed that two Australian miners, two South Africans and four Indonesians were passengers on the flight.

"Newcrest and Aneka Tambang express their deepest sadness and condolences to family, colleagues, and friends of the passengers over this tragic event,” Newcrest chief executive Greg Robinson said.

Image: Newcrest’s Gosowong mine in Indonesia.

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