No Kiwis in Antarctica chopper crash

Last updated 12:37 03/12/2013

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No New Zealanders were on board an Australian helicopter that made an emergency landing in Antarctica.

The helicopter crashed 150 nautical miles from Australia's Davis station on Sunday night, injuring the pilot and two passengers on board.

It was originally believed a New Zealander was one of the injured, but today that was discounted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

"It has now been confirmed that all three on board a helicopter that made an emergency landing in Antarctica were Australians. No New Zealanders were on board," a spokesman said.

The injured trio were transferred to Davis station overnight, the Australian Antarctic Divsion said.

All three were in a stable condition. 

A comprehensive medical assessment was being undertaken by the station doctor and lay medical team, with support from the Australian Antarctic Division's polar medicine unit in Tasmania.

The helicopter came down while returning from a scientific mission to survey a penguin colony near the Amery ice shelf, around 150 nautical miles from Davis station.

While awaiting rescue, the injured were cared for by the crew from a second helicopter which was travelling in tandem with the one that crashed.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau would investigate the incident.

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