Man found dead in search after chopper crash

UPDATE: Police searching for a 25-year-old man believed to have been a passenger in a crashed helicopter have found a body in the wreckage of the downed chopper.

The body was found around 10am.

The pilot remains in a serious condition in Cairns Base Hospital. 

EARLIER: POLICE have mounted a search for a man who they believe was a passenger on a helicopter that went crashed near Mount Carbine yesterday afternoon. 

Around 1:30pm yesterday police were told a helicopter had crashed in the Daintree near the McLeod River crossing.

A search of the area found the crashed helicopter and its 43-year-old pilot, who was in a serious condition and needed to be transported to Cairns Base Hospital.

Police enquiries lead them to believe a second man was with the pilot during the day however they don't know if he was on-board during the crash.

A helicopter search of the area failed to find the man.

Police, SES workers and other government agencies have recommenced a land search this morning for the man in his twenties.

The pilot remains in a serious condition in hospital.


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