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REPORTERS NOT EXPECTED TO BE FOUND ALIVE AT LAKE EYRE CRASH

REPORTERS DIE IN AIR CRASH AT LAKE EYRE

Police are not expecting to find any survivors from the helicopter crash that likely killed a three-man ABC news crew in a remote location over Lake Eyre in South Australia overnight.

Reporter Paul Lockyer, cameraman John Bean and pilot Gary Ticehurst had been working on a third documentary on the Lake Eyre region, following up on previous reporting by both Lockyer and Bean, when the helicopter they were travelling in crashed near the edge of Lake Eyre.

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Police have said it will take “some time” before positive identifications of bodies could be made, or details of the crash could be uncovered.

“(The crash site) is spread over a fairly large distance. Just by the sheer intensity of the fire it is making it difficult,” Assistant Commissioner Neil Smith, of SA police, told reporters in Adelaide.
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Fears for the trio began when they failed to arrive for a planned dinner last night.

Just prior to the crash the helicopter had landed, and the occupants had spoken to a tour guide. Shortly after departing, the tour guide has told police that he noticed a large fireball in the distance.

August 20th, 2011
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