Police and reporters outside the Coolangatta Airport where the helicopter crash occurred.
Police and reporters outside the Coolangatta Airport where the helicopter crash occurred. Photo from the Tweed Daily News/Crystal Spencer

Sunshine Coast man killed in chopper crash

A 72-YEAR-OLD man, believed to be from the Sunshine Coast, was killed in a helicopter crash at Coolangatta on Thursday.

In a media release issued by NSW police late on Thursday, it was revealed that the man was believed to be from the Sunshine Coast.

A NSW police spokeswoman said the helicopter crashed about 10.25am on Thursday just inside the airport precinct boundary in NSW bushland.

A Gold Coast Airport spokeswoman said the Robinson 22 helicopter had only the pilot on board.

She said the airport was closed for a short time immediately after the crash occurred but has since reopened and will stay open for all aircraft operations.

An emergency services spokeswoman said firefighters removed the man from the wreckage but he was confirmed dead around 10.55am (AEST).

The RACQ CareFlight medical team treated the man immediately after he was freed from the wreckage.

CareFlight doctor Renee Beer said when she began treating the man he wasn’t breathing and was in full cardiac arrest.

“We commenced CPR on the patient and then intubated him at the scene,” she said.

“He had multiple fractured bones and ribs and both lungs were collapsed.

"After working for half an hour to revive him, he was declared deceased at the scene."

A Tweed Heads police spokeswoman said three police car crews attended the crash.

The NSW police media spokeswoman said a crime scene had been established and investigations were being carried out by officers from Tweed/Byron Local Area Command.

"Police have notified the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, which will assist in the investigation," she said.

She said a report would be prepared for the coroner.


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