65yo dies in helicopter mustering accident on NT cattle station

Beef Central, 28/06/2023

A 65-year-old chopper pilot has died following a helicopter crash on limbunya Station in the Northern Territory.

A 65-YEAR-OLD mustering pilot has died following a helicopter crash on Limbunya Station in the Northern Territory’s Victoria River District.

NT Police say they were called to the crash at 12:20pm yesterday and the pilot was confirmed deceased after Yarralin and Kalkarindji Police arrived at the site.

In a statement, Top End Mustering the pilot was highly experienced and the crash happened during a routine mustering operation.

“First and foremost, we wish to express our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the pilot involved, as well as our own team who are devastated by the loss,” the statement said.

“The safety of our employees and clients is always our highest priority and we are working closely with relevant authorities in their investigation process.

“Our focus is on understanding what has occurred and continuing to support the family, friends and colleagues of the pilot. We request media respect their privacy at this sensitive time.”

Investigations into the crash are ongoing between NT Police and NT Work Safe and report is being prepared or the coroner.

Limbunya was sold last year in a separate land/cattle deal.

ATSB investigating the crash

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau has commenced an investigation into Robinson R22 helicopter’s collision with terrain.

“The ATSB is deploying investigators from its Canberra office, with experience in helicopter maintenance and engineering, to the accident site to begin the evidence collection phase of the investigation,” it said in a statement.

“Over coming days investigators will examine the helicopter wreckage, survey and map the accident site with a drone, and collect any relevant components for further examination and analysis at the ATSB’s technical facilities in Canberra.

“Investigators will also obtain and review any recorded data, weather information, witness reports, and aircraft operator procedures and maintenance records.

“The ATSB anticipates publishing a preliminary report, which will detail factual information established during the investigation’s initial evidence collection phase, in approximately 6-8 weeks.

“The ATSB will publish a final report, detailing contributing factors and any identified safety issues, at the conclusion of the investigation.

“However, should any critical safety issues be identified at any stage during the course of the investigation, the ATSB will immediately notify relevant parties so appropriate safety action can be taken.”











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