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Three men escape injury in chopper crash

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Three men escaped injury after the helicopter they had taken a joy flight in over Byron Bay yesterday afternoon crashed as it landed on a property at Coopers Shoot.

The 58-year-old pilot told police the chopper was caught by a strong gust of wind as it was just about to touch ground at around 3.30pm, forcing it to tip over on its side.

The five-seater Eurocopter 120 helicopter was badly damaged and is believed to be a write off.

The pilot and his two passengers were a little shaken but otherwise unhurt from the accident, which is being investigated by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau.


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4 COMMENTS

  1. Shame on the Echo! Resorting to sensationalism like some tabloid rag!

    Helicopter “crash”????

    A gust of wind tips it over on its side, an inch off the ground, and it’s a helicopter “crash”?

    Cheers.

    Kim

    Joue-duPlain, Normandy

  2. Sad for the people involved, hey, but I’m tied of “joy” flights that only bring joy to the few, while the many put up with the noise. Why would any fool park their toy on top of the escarpment like that anyway.

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