29 Aug 2011

Helicopter crash in Vanuatu kills pilot

8:46 am on 29 August 2011

In Vanuatu, the pilot of a helicopter is dead after his aircraft crashed in the mountainous terrain of South Malekula.

The Daily Post newspaper says the pilot's two passengers, both Telecommunications Vanuatu Limited technicians, received serious injuries.

They were rushed to Norsup Hospital Malampa Province and later flown to Vila Central Hospital in Port Vila.

It is not clear how the crash happened.

The aircraft is owned by Helicopters Vanuatu, which are piloted by highly experienced pilots.

This is the first helicopter crash in the country.