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Helo Crash in NSW, Australia
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 06, 2005 9:37 pm    Post subject: Helo Crash in NSW, Australia Reply with quote

Chopper pilot disorientated before fatal crash: police

Police are investigating the cause of a helicopter crash which killed one man and seriously injured another in far west New South Wales last night.

The accident happened about 8:00pm AEST.

Police say the 64-year-old pilot became disorientated while flying east from South Australia, and called a nearby homestead to put on their lights to help him find his way.

Moments later, the helicopter crashed nose first into the ground, narrowly missing the house by just 500 metres.

The pilot died at the scene, while his 42-year-old passenger suffered serious leg and abdominal injuries and is being treated at the Adelaide hospital.

Police spokesman Dan Pile say they still do not know what caused the crash.

"It is expected that investigators from the air transport safety board will arrive at the scene later today to assist detectives," he said.

Police say both men are from NSW and were returning home when the accident happened.
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