Rescue chopper crash, no casualties

A crew of three walked away unhurt when a twin-engined Bell 412 rescue helicopter crashed at about 8pm last night on Prince of Wales Island in the Torres Straits while on a training flight practicing “Night Sun” (airborne floodlight) approaches. Prince of Wales is a large but mostly uninhabited island to the south of Thursday Island. The crew was picked up by the Customs chopper flown by Craig Peters, but the aircraft is expected to be a write-off but as yet no other details are available.

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About Paul Phelan

Paul Phelan flew for over 50 years in private, charter, corporate and regional aviation, worked in senior management roles with a major regional airline, and retains his license. In parallel he has been writing for Australian and international aviation journals for well over 20 years on all aspects of aviation including aircraft evaluation, flying, industry affairs, infrastructure, manufacture, regulatory affairs, safety, technologies and training. He has won three separate National Aviation Press Club awards for "best technical aviation story of the year."

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