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Pilot critical, one dead in chopper crash

AAP logoAAP 18/11/2016 Darren Cartwright

A 25-year-old plumber who died in a helicopter crash in far north Queensland was conducting maintenance work for the National Parks and Wildlife Service.

The accident happened on Friday afternoon at Mount Carbine, 50km west of Port Douglas.

However, it wasn't until Saturday morning that rescue teams found the body of the Kewarra Beach man who was a passenger on the Robinson R44 helicopter.

The 43-year-old pilot, from Marlborough in central Queensland, was rescued on Friday and he remains in a critical but stable condition in Cairns Base Hospital, according to Senior Sergeant James Coate.

Snr Sgt Coate said the area where the helicopter crashed was extremely difficult to access, even by air, and a crew of 50 rescue workers searched the wreckage for the man's body.

"It (the debris) was spread over a reasonable sized area. The problem was the terrain, which made the search and the crash site difficult (to access)," Snr Sgt Coate told reporters.

The accident occurred about 12.45 pm on Friday while the men were en route to service facilities in the area for the National Parks and Wildlife Service.

Snr Sgt Coate said it was "a self-planned route" and an investigation was underway to determine the cause of the accident.

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