Saturday, September 15, 2007


Woman killed by helicopter rotor

‘An Italian woman died when she was struck in the head by a helicopter’s rotor blades following a joyride in outback Northern Territory, a report has found. [..]

A preliminary report released today said the pilot was asked by the station owner to take four adults and two children, all relatives of his from Italy, for a scenic tour of the station.

Afterwards the pilot – a station manager who had worked there for 12 years – lost control as he took off because of a gust of wind.

“The pilot reported that, just as he regained control of the aircraft, he heard and felt the main rotor blade strike something, and saw the woman fall forward,” the report said.’

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