World news – Man dies in North Qld helicopter crash


A man has died after his helicopter crashed in bad weather in the North Queensland outback.

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority was looking for the 84-year-old pilot and his R22 helicopter, after failing to reach its destination on Thursday evening.

The AMSA challenge jet began looking for the helicopter shortly after 7 p.m., but was dropped off at 2 a.m. on Friday due to severe weather.

The search was stopped today Continued tomorrow along with six search and rescue helicopters and an additional fixed-wing aircraft.

The searchers found the wreckage of the aircraft around 11:30 am in a creek bed near Pretty Plains Camden Park Road west of Hughenden.

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