Seven people feared dead after helicopter crash near mountain as desperate search launched

SEVEN people are feared to have died after a helicopter crashed near Melbourne, Australia, with an urgent search launched to find its passengers and crew.

Police in Victoria confirmed that two helicopters were travelling in a convoy when one disappeared, and an air ambulance has been deployed.

Data on FlightRadar24 shows two helicopters searching for any survivors following the crash near Mount Disappointment, north of Melbourne.

The Australian Defence Force says the missing helicopter is not a military aircraft, according to ABC News Australia.

A brush fire in the area is obscuring the search for the downed helicopter.

Emergency services were called at around 9.35am Thursday local time (11.35pm Wednesday BST) following reports an aircraft had vanished.

Victoria Police say two helicopters were travelling north in a convoy from Melbourne's Central Business District when an "aviation incident" was reported over Mount Disappointment, some 60km north of the city.

Australia's Transport Safety Bureau said it was "gathering further information" and had been notified of the incident.

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