ATSB search for what went wrong in Victoria tragedy

Flight crash investigators have taken control of the remote Mount Disappointment site where five people died in an horrific helicopter crash north of Melbourne.

Victoria Police said a small number of officers will help keep the scene secure while the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) investigation gets fully underway.

The disaster victim identification unit completed their examination of the scene yesterday afternoon, police said.
The chopper’s wreck was found in dense bushland. (9News)

On Saturday, Nicholas Vasudeva, a Sydney father-of-three and financial executive, was identified as the fifth person killed in the crash.

The ATSB are expected to hand down a preliminary report on the cause of the crash in six to eight weeks.

Investigators are focusing on the weather conditions, as both low-lying cloud and smoke haze were prevalent around the Mt Disappointment area on the day of the crash.

Victoria helicopter chopper crash
Five people were killed when a helicopter crashed in regional Victoria on a flight from Melbourne. (9News)
A police helicopter involved in the operation after a helicopter crash in Victoria. (Nine)

Experts said it is possible these conditions could be to blame for the crash.

Both Microflite Helicopter Services aircraft took off from the banks of the Yarra River in Melbourne CBD near Crown just before 8am on Thursday.

The wreckage was found near Blair’s Hut at about 11.45am.

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