Local man dies in helicopter Crash

ACCIDENT SCENE: Emergency Services personnel at the scene of a fatal helicopter accident at Grattai on Sunday.

A 48-year-old local man has died in a helicopter crash in bushland at Grattai, about 25km south-west of Mudgee, on Sunday.
Police and emergency services were alerted to the crash at about 11am when the wreckage of the Robin44 was found. The pilot, who was the only person on board the helicopter, died at the scene. Police believe he was spraying weeds at the time that the accident occurred.
A crime scene was established was preserved overnight to be examined by NSW Police Force air crash investigators and officials from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) on Monday, Tuesday and today.
It’s believed the helicopter clipped one of the trees before crashing onto the in steep and rugged bushland, but its still unclear what happened prior to that. Police are preparing a report for the information of the Coroner. The ATSB report into the crash is expected to be completed next year.
Anyone with information about this incident should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: www.police.nsw.gov.au/.

Article by Sam Potts Mudgee Guardian, December 12 2012