Rescuers evacuate three crew members from ill-fated chopper in Indonesia's Papua

JAKARTA, Sept 19 (Xinhua): A joint search and rescue team on Saturday evacuated three crew members of a helicopter which has made an emergency landing in the hinterland of Indonesia's eastern Papua province.

The crew members of the ill-fated helicopter, which lost contact on its trip from Papua's district of Nabire to Bayu Biru area in the province's district of Paniai on Thursday, were rushed to a nearby hospital Saturday.

"For the time being, two crew members have been in the Nabire public hospital," Nabire District Police's Senior Commissioner Sonny Tampubolon was quoted by Antara news agency as saying on Saturday.

Those who have arrived in Nabire are Erik Kurniawan and Endy Nawalaga, he said, adding that Kurniawan was injured on his head, leg and chest, while Nawalaga has injuries on his head and leg.

Meanwhile, another crew member Aswar Jamal has also been evacuated but he is still in Sirio area, Nabire district, he said.

On Friday, the chopper was located in a forest at the height of 4,700 meters in Paniai district, Head of the Search and Rescue Office in the province's Biak district Gusti Anwar Mulyadi said.

Mulyadi said four helicopters were deployed to rescue the three crew members aboard the chopper which was carrying food from Nabire to Bayu Biru.

The Bell helicopter was operated by a utility helicopter company in Indonesia. - Xinhua
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