TV crew killed in helicopter crash

A prominent Australian journalist is believed to be among three people killed in a helicopter crash.

Australian Broadcasting Corp said three members of its news crew, including the veteran journalist Paul Lockyer, are feared dead in the crash, in a remote part of South Australia.

Lockyer, the cameraman John Bean and the pilot Gary Ticehurst were working on a story about Lake Eyre, a massive Outback lake, the ABC said. A tour guide who spoke with those on board shortly before they took off saw a large fireball in the distance soon after the helicopter left.