31 Oct 2010

Ice crash bodies to be taken to Hobart

10:33 am on 31 October 2010

The bodies of four Frenchmen aboard a helicopter that crashed in Antarctica on Thursday, will be taken to Australia before being flown home to France.

The helicopter crashed in poor weather carrying a pilot, mechanic and two staff from a French research station.

Antarctica New Zealand says the bodies were recovered on Saturday night and taken to the French research base, Dumont d'Urville.

A distress beacon triggered the search, about 100km from the base late on Thursday. No one survived the crash.

Chief executive Lou Sanson says French are now waiting for ships to arrive in Antarctica, to transport the bodies to Hobart.

He says the crash is a tragedy.