Media reports that the badly-injured pilot was lucky to escape with his life after the plane crashed in bushland near the Southport Airstrip at Coombabah on the Gold Coast on Sunday 12 October. VH-MFM had only just taken off when the engine off the Murphy Moose aircraft suddenly cut out.
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As the plane began descending, witnesses said the pilot attempted to find a patch of open land to make an emergency landing but went down in heavy scrub.
Meanwhile, during my recent holiday in Far North Queensland, I captured several images of Great Barrier Reef (GBR) Helicopters Bell 206 (III) Jetranger helicopter VH-CLR.
I read with some surprise and disappointment that on Tuesday 7 October, VH-CLR was involved in a nasty collision with terrain South East of Cooktown Airport.
One person was flown to hospital after VH-CLR - which was carrying six people on board - came down on a large rock on Mount Cook, near Cooktown, about midday on Tuesday. The chopper was reportedly caught in a wind gust.
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has commenced an investigation into the crash.