A pilot has been killed in a waterbombing helicopter crash in southern NSW

Scott Barbour/Getty ImagesA water bombing helicopter in action.

  • A waterbombing helicopter has crashed near Ulladulla, 250km south of Sydney.
  • The pilot was killed.
  • He was the only person on board.

A waterbombing helicopter has crashed while helping to put out fires near Ulladulla, 250km south of Sydney.

The male pilot, who was the sole occupant on board, was killed.

Emergency and rescue service were called to a property off Kingiman Road, Woodburn, at 2.10pm on Friday.

The aircraft was being contracted to the NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS), who are conducting firefighting operations in the area.

Police have notified the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, who will attend and conduct an investigation.

“This a tragic event and my deepest sympathies are with the pilot’s family and friends,” Troy Grant, Minister for Police and Emergency Services said.

“My thoughts and prayers are also with the emergency services community, especially the
many brigades and units working to contain the Kingiman Fire.”

Business Insider spoke to Civil Aviation Safety Authority spokesman Peter Gibson who confirmed the aircraft was a BK117 aircraft operated by Sydney Helicopters.

Wikipedia CommonsA BK117 model helicopter.

He said the reason for the crash is not yet known.

The Ulladulla Times reports that since the downing, all waterbombing aircraft at the Kingiman fire have been grounded.

A crime scene has been established and will be forensically examined, meanwhile the police will prepare a report for the Coroner.

A major blaze around Mount Kingiman, west of Ulladulla, broke out on Tuesday, forcing evacuations and causing minor damage to property.

The fire has now burnt out 1,665 hectares and is out of control.

Firefighters took advantage of favourable conditions overnight to establish containment lines around the fire ahead of deteriorating conditions into the weekend.

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