No inquiry into helicopter crash
THE dramatic crash of a helicopter owned by former Iron Man and Olympian-turned-aviation-entrepreneur Grant Kenny on a remote ridge of the Mt Barney National Park will not be investigated by any authority.
The helicopter, from Mr Kenny’s Caloundra-based Chopperline flying school in Queensland, crashed atop a sheer ridge in remote country in the national park on Thursday afternoon.
The pilot, from Cedar Creek near the Gold Coast, and two passengers from Caloundra, all aged in their 30s and 40s, escaped without injury.
They were winched from the ridge by the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter and taken to nearby Woodenbong, where they spoke briefly with police Senior Constable Michael Chaffey before returning to Queensland.
Queensland police yesterday told The Star they were not investigating the matter.
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau, which usually investigates flying accidents, said it would not look into the crash because no one had been hurt or injured.
The Civil Aviation Safety Authority and Queensland Workplace Health and Safety also said they would not investigate the accident.
A spokesman for Chopperline yesterday said the company was doing its own internal investigation.
He was unable to say whether it was caused by a mechanical failure or pilot error. He was also unable to say whether the pilot at the time was a student or an instructor.
The spokesman said the small Robinson helicopter was lifted off the ridge yesterday morning by another helicopter and taken to a truck waiting at the bottom of the mountain.
The helicopter would be examined and repaired, he said.
Mr Kenny made headlines on the Northern Rivers early last year when a consortium he was part of launched a bid to build a residential ‘air park’ at the Evans Head aerodrome.
Richmond Valley Council invited the consortium to submit a detailed proposal by Christmas, although the group missed that deadline.
The council hopes to debate a detailed proposal on the air park next month.