The SAR team is yet to evacuate crew members of the helicopter carrying food stuffs to Baya Biru, Pania District
Timika, Papua (ANTARA) - Four helicopters were deployed to evacuate crew members of the helicopter of PT National Utility Helicopters (NUH) that made an emergency landing in a forest in Paniai District, Papua Province.

One of the helicopters flew to the scene yesterday afternoon, while three others departed from Timika District only this morning at 6 a.m. local time, Chief of Search and Rescue (SAR) Office in Timika, Monce Brury, stated on Saturday.

The four helicopters are owned by the Mimika district administration, PT Intan Angkasa Air Service, PT Freeport Indonesia, and the Indonesian Air Force (TNI AU).

The joint SAR team in Biak and Nabire facilitated the evacuation of PT NUH helicopter's crew members, he remarked.

"We, the SAR team from Timika, only support (the evacuation) by reporting the helicopters flying from Toimia to the scene. Meanwhile, the personnel and others are under the control of the SAR office in Bika with the jurisdiction covering Nabire and Paniay," he stated.

Chief of the SAR office in Biak, Gusti Anwar Mulyadi had earlier stated that the helicopter, owned by PT NUH, was found 4,700 meters above sea level in Paniai District on Friday (Sept 18).

"The SAR team is yet to evacuate crew members of the helicopter carrying food items to Baya Biru, Pania District," he noted.

The helicopter, which lost contact on Thursday (Sept 17) on its flight from Nabire to Baya Biru, was spotted by a SAR helicopter flying from Enarotali to Nabire.

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