Pilot Dies in Helicopter Crash

A pilot has died following a helicopter crash at South Maroota this morning.

Shortly before 11.50am (Saturday 9 July 2022), emergency services were called to remote bushland off Tuff Hill Lane, South Maroota, after reports of a helicopter crash.

Officers attached to Hawkesbury Police Area Command, PolAir – NSW Police Force Aviation Command, Police Rescue, NSW Ambulance helicopter, NSW Rural Fire Service, NSW SES and the Westpac Rescue Helicopter responded and accessed the site through difficult terrain and flood-affected bushland.

The helicopter was alight upon the arrival of emergency crews, the fire was extinguished by NSW Rural Fire Service.

Once the scene was deemed safe, Police Rescue located the body of a man – believed to be aged in his 60s – in the wreckage. He is yet to be formally identified.

He was the sole occupant of the aircraft.

A crime scene has been established and will be held under police guard overnight, with a recovery operation and investigations to continue tomorrow.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau has been notified and will lead the investigation into the circumstances surrounding the crash.