Pilot killed in Western Downs helicopter crash identified

David Stuart

UPDATE: The pilot killed in a helicopter crash on the Western Downs has been identified as 45-year-old Jeff Dean.

Mr Dean, of Maranoa Helicopters, was killed when the helicopter he was piloting crashed on a remote property 80km north of Mitchell about 4.30pm yesterday.

Crash investigators from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau will review the scene of a fatal helicopter crash near Mitchell yesterday afternoon.

The 45-year-old man was mustering on a remote property bordered by Warrong Rd at Kilmorey Falls when the helicopter he was flying crashed.

The man's next of kin is understood to have been notified by police.

Bystanders conducted CPR on the pilot before Queensland Ambulance crews arrived about 4.30pm but despite their best efforts, he was pronounced dead at the scene.

An Australian Transport Safety Bureau spokesman said investigators would review the incident.

"There will be a team going to the site and there will be an investigation," he said.

"They will be getting information together at this stage and talking to witnesses."

He would not speculate as to the cause of the fatal crash.

EARLIER: A man has died following a helicopter crash on a remote property near Mitchell.

The 45-year-old pilot, the sole occupant of the helicopter, died despite best efforts of bystanders to revive the man.

Queensland Ambulance crews were called to the crash scene about 4.30pm yesterday at Warrong Rd at Kilmorey Falls, about 80km north of Mitchell.

They declared the man dead at the scene.

Investigations into the crash are continuing.

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