newsCO.com.au–Pilot survives fiery Kosciuszko helicopter crash

April 17, 2018

A helicopter has crashed in a remote area of Kosciuszko National Park in NSW, leaving the 45-year-old pilot with head and spinal injuries.

The chopper crashed in remote bushland in Cabramurra about 2.30pm Tuesday before bursting into flames, NSW Police said in a statement.

A spokesperson for NSW Ambulance told SBS News the man “has been transported to Canberra Hospital where he is in a stable condition and being treated for head and spinal injuries”.

The UH-1H helicopter’s registration is linked to O’Driscoll Aviation, according to the Civil Aviation Safety Authority. The aircraft is used for water-bombing operations.

The aircraft was returning from Sydney when it crashed, a CASA spokesman told AAP.

A Rural Fire Service spokesman confirmed the helicopter had been involved in fighting a huge bushfire in Sydney’s southwest over the weekend.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau will send a team from Canberra to investigate the crash.

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