UPDATE | Fatal chopper crash victim a 50yo Emerald man
A POLICE spokeswoman said the pilot who died in a helicopter crash at Carmila this morning was a 50-year-old man from Emerald.
Police have not released the man's name.
BLAKE Lawn was working outside his property on Carmila West Rd when he heard the helicopter crash this morning.
"I was out in the yard working on my car and the chopper just went quiet, then the power went out. I thought something had happened," he said.
Blake, 16, who lives with his family on the 40ha (100-acre) farm, was just 1.5km from the cane paddock where the chopper crashed.
"I called my ex-girlfriend's father, who lives down the road a bit, he works for RACQ, and he told me about the helicopter that had crashed into the powerline," he said.
Blake and his father drove to the crash scene about 10.30am.
"There was a fire out here, over where it was," he said.
Blake said he had not personally known the pilot who died in the helicopter crash, but said he had worked in the area for a cane harvesting company.
A POLICE media spokesman says investigators have established the crash occurred at around 10.20am today.
He said the crash happened at a property on Jackson's Crossing Rd, off Carmila West Rd, and the victim was the sole occupant of the helicopter.
The spokesman said police are attempting to contact the man's family, but are not yet publicly releasing his age.
Police continue to investigate at the scene.
Snr Constable Donald Laird speaks to media about the crash:
A MAN has died in a helicopter crash at a cane farm near Carmila West Rd, about one hours drive south of Mackay.
A QAS spokesman said the man had been spraying a cane paddock when the Jet Ranger helicopter he was piloting clipped a powerline and crashed.
Emergency services received the 000 call at 10.28am today.
When emergency crews arrived at the scene the cane field was in flames, and Queensland Fire and Emergency Services personnel had to clear the scene before paramedics could access the helicopter.
The spokesman said the man had died by the time QAS reached him.