An Australian mountee who killed five of his Australian colleagues in a helicopter crash in Hawaii has died at his home.
Key points:The bodies of three men and a woman were found in a vehicle near the mountain range near the remote village of WaianaeInspector-General of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, David Burke, said the deaths were accidentalThe helicopter crashed near Waianakas on Monday afternoon, killing all on boardIt is believed the helicopter was operated by the same crew as the last one that crashed in Hawaii earlier this year.
The bodies were found by a member of the community after a search by helicopter.
David Burke said the bodies were not from the helicopter.
“They were found very, very close to the helicopter, very, well, very far away,” he said.
“It’s possible they were from the same helicopter, but we’re not going to say.”
Mr Burke said it was not known whether the three men were Australian or were part of a group of Australian tourists on the mountain.
He said it would be difficult to determine who was responsible for the deaths because of the complex circumstances.
“It seems likely that the two people on the helicopter were the helicopter crew,” he told ABC Radio.
Mr Burke would not be drawn on whether there was any suggestion that Mr Morrison’s death was linked to his decision to cut ties with the former prime minister.
Mr Burke confirmed a group called the Waianai mountain people had been part of the Australian delegation to the 2014 summit of the Himalayan Mountains and he had been invited by them.
“That’s an invitation from the Waians,” he confirmed.
“I was in contact with the team there.”
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