A 39-year-old father died while mustering cattle after crashing his helicopter in thick bushland approximately 65 kilometres west of Rolleston.
A 39-year-old father died while mustering cattle after crashing his helicopter in thick bushland approximately 65 kilometres west of Rolleston.

Man killed in chopper crash

THE town of Rolleston has been "rocked" by the death of a well respected community member in a helicopter crash while working on a private property near Mt Ogg.

The 39-year-old father of young daughters was mustering cattle about 32 km west of Rolleston when his family lost contact with him around 10am before starting a search on horse back.

Matthew Brandon from the RACQ Rescue Helicopter said they located the wreckage with another aircraft containing a police officer about 65km west of Rolleston.

An intensive care paramedic was winched down to a nearby creek bed and the pilot was declared deceased at the scene.

A police media spokeswoman said the pilot was the sole occupant of the helicopter.

Mr Brandon said the body had not yet been retrieved because of failing light, but they were on standby to return to the scene at first light on Wednesday.

A worker at the Rolleston Hotel said the pilot was a "very well respected" community member, who was involved in almost anything to help the small town.

"He was very community minded. Everyone knew him, he grew up in the area and was very well respected," she said.

"It's shocked the whole community.

She said the man had a wife and a young family.

The police spokeswoman said the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) would launch their own investigation into the crash.

A pilot sustained a minor back injury after a helicopter landed heavily at Rolleston Airfield in May last year.

An ATSB report found a fan had been assembled incorrectly.



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