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Search Resumes For Five People Feared Dead After Helicopter Crash

The search is expected to resume for five people feared dead after a helicopter crashed into waters off the NSW coast.

Police are spearheading the recovery operation after the Bell UH1 helicopter dropped off the radar near Anna Bay, north of Newcastle, early on Friday night.

The aircraft belonged to Brisbane Helicopters owner and pilot David Kerr, who is believed to have been flying it at the time.

Queenslanders Jamie Ogden and Grant Kuhnemann and NSW couple Jocelyn Villanueva and Gregory Miller are also believed to have been on board.

The search for five people continues. Photo: Twitter/ Marina Neil.

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority said the helicopter had been on a private flight between Coffs Harbour and Bankstown in Sydney's southwest.

The aircraft went missing amid poor conditions with low visibility, high winds and dust in the air.

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Air traffic control indicated it was rapidly losing altitude when contact was lost, and there were no emergency beacons signals or mayday calls detected.

Police have called for anyone who may have seen the helicopter in distress, or who filmed or photographed the aircraft on Friday night, to come forward.