Chopper crash in PNG's interiorJuly 7 2012 at 9:34 PM
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There has been no sign of a helicopter carrying two Australians and a New Zealander that went missing in Papua New Guinea's rugged highlands.
The Hevilift Bell 206 disappeared on Friday afternoon while flying from an InterOil drill rig site to Mt Hagen.
In a statement, Hevilift says two pilots and an aircraft engineer were on board.
The company says the chopper was heading to Hou Creek to refuel but a mayday message was broadcast five minutes after take off.
Hevilift's other helicopters immediately began a search that continued today, but the search area is covered in thick forest and no signals from the chopper's emergency beacon have been picked up.
The company says there was low cloud at the time the helicopter disappeared and visibility was reduced but visual flight conditions existed.
It says a specially equipped plane has been dispatched from Australia to conduct electronic surveillance in the search area.
The New Zealand and Australian consulates are offering assistance to the families of the missing employees.
Yaqub Amaki from PNG's Civil Aviation Safety Authority says the chopper was flying near Mt Hagen.
"It was coming in from InterOil, one of the sites into Hagen and halfway through Hagen it actually went down and at the moment we don't know the status of the three," he said.
Helilift operates charter flights using both fixed-wing and helicopter aircraft around the Asia-Pacific region