Indonesian crash blamed on weather

The helicopter crash in Indonesia that killed two Australians has been blamed on bad weather.

Ten workers at the Gosowong gold mine in North Sulawesi died in the crash.

Yesterday Indonesia’s aviation safety agency spokesman, Masruri, said preliminary findings indicated strong winds and heavy clouds were a likely cause of the accident and said the agency has sent investigators to the crash site.

The mine is operated by Australian mining company, Newcrest, who have acknowledged the tragedy and extended sympathies.

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

A spokesman from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade told The Sydney Morning Herald Australian consular officers from Jakarta are keeping in close contact with Newcrest and have offered assistance.

Image: The Sydney Morning Herald

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