The pilot of this Robinson R22 helicopter walked away uninjured after it crashed four kilometres west of Westwood on Monday.
The pilot of this Robinson R22 helicopter walked away uninjured after it crashed four kilometres west of Westwood on Monday. Photo: Chris Ison

Crash pilot returns to the skies

LESS than three days after crashing his helicopter, a Biloela-based pilot was back in the air today, unfazed by his lucky escape.

On Monday the 34-year-old walked away after his Robinson R22 chopper crashed from a low altitude while mustering cattle at a Westwood property, about 45km west of Rockhampton.

A rotor blade strike caused the chopper to crash.

The aircraft, owned by Howard Helicopters of Biloela, had about 80 litres of aviation fuel leaking from the wreck and fire and rescue crews were called in as a precaution.

Howard Helicopters owner Michael Howard this week praised the efforts of the company’s experienced pilot.

Mr Howard said the man had over 3000 hours of flying time and had worked for the company for almost five years.

He said the pilot experienced a tail rotor strike when the crash happened and had done a good job of controlling the situation.

"He reacted instinctively to his training and he did a very good job to walk away from the aircraft."

"He’s fine – he’s back out west flying," Mr Howard told the Central Telegraph on Wednesday.

The company is insured.

Efforts to contact the pilot today were unsuccessful.



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