An air transport company has lost a pilot in a helicopter crash on the WA south coast.
Key points:A helicopter is believed to have crashed on the south coast of WAA helicopter was reported missing near the town of GoulburnA local man has been charged with dangerous drivingA police investigation is underway and the helicopter is not believed to be involvedIn a statement on social media, the WA Helicopter Association said the pilot, who was on his way to a wedding, was on a routine flight to Goulburg.
He was flying at about 10:20pm (AEST) when he lost control and hit a tree on the highway, it said.
“The helicopter landed on the nearby town of Gosford, which is about 250 kilometres south of Goutham,” the WAHA said.
Mr Dyson said the helicopter was operated by an American company called Cessna.
“We have a pretty good relationship with the company, but obviously we’re obviously saddened at this time,” he said.WA Helicopter associations chairman, Peter Dyson, said the company had lost one of its pilots.
“This has been a very difficult time for us,” he told the ABC.
“Our members are all very upset, we’re very heartbroken.”
The WA helicopter association is working with the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) and the Department of Emergency Services to determine the cause of the crash.
“There’s no indication at this stage that any of the helicopters that were involved are involved in this particular incident,” Mr Dyson told ABC radio.
“It’s certainly something we are concerned about.”
In a separate incident, an Australian Transport Accident Investigation Commission (ATIC) officer was taken to hospital in the state’s Pilbara region for treatment of a head injury, WA Police said.
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