Latest Indonesia helicopter crash kills two miners

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A helicopter chartered by US giant Newmont Mining has crashed in central Indonesia killing two people.

The accident comes on the back of another crash last month that killed two Australian workers from Newcrest Mining.

Ten workers in total from the Gosowong gold mine in North Sulawesi died in the Newcrest crash, which was blamed on bad weather.

Chartered from Air Fast Indonesia, the Newmont aircraft lost contact two minutes after it took off from the company’s mine site, heading for the island of Sumbawa.

The wreckage was located on Monday in a valley on the island.

“The pilot and one passenger were found dead,” provincial search and rescue chief Ida Bagus Gde Budisma told AFP.

Another small aircraft transporting supplies to remote villages for a Christian humanitarian association in Papua crashed on Thursday killing its American pilot and two passengers.

An Australian and Slovak pilot were also killed earlier this month when their small aircraft carrying fuel and food to a remote Papua province went down.

Image: The Sydney Morning Herald

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