Three men survive helicopter crash
THREE men miraculously escaped injury yesterday when the helicopter they were in crash-landed on a precarious mountain ridge north of Woodenbong.
The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter was called to search for the helicopter about 2pm, somewhere ‘in the Kyogle region’, after the pilot of the white Robinson helicopter reported getting into difficulty using his mobile phone.
The helicopter, from a flying school at Caloundra in Queensland, had been flying over the Northern Rivers on a training flight.
The downed helicopter was eventually found on its side on the top of a sheer ridge in the Mt Barney National Park, just across the Queensland border.
The three men on board the small helicopter, aged in their 30s and 40s, were all uninjured and were sitting calmly a short, but safe, distance from the crashed chopper when the Westpac helicopter arrived.
The Westpac helicopter,unable to land on the ridge, winched the men to safety.
The three men, none of whom required medical treatment, were flown to Woodenbong and were later taken to Queensland to be interviewed by Southport police.
Woodenbong police officer Senior Constable Michael Chaffey, who spoke with the men after they were flown down from the mountain, said the pilot was from Cedar Creek, north-west of the Gold Coast.
The other two men were from Caloundra, on the southern end of the Sunshine Coast.
It was not known last night what went wrong to cause the helicopter to crash.
A spokesman for the Australian Transport Safety Bureau said that the bureau was aware of the crash.
However, because there had been no injuries or deaths, it had no plans to investigate the accident.
The mystery now is how the crashed Robinson helicopter will be taken down from the mountain it crashed on.