Pilot seriously injured in helicopter crash

The Toowoomba-based RACQ LifeFlight Rescue crew has airlifted a pilot to hospital, after he was injured in a helicopter crash, in the Western Downs region this morning.

It’s believed the man, aged in his twenties, was mustering cattle from the helicopter, when it struck a powerline.

The small aircraft crashed to the ground and was significantly damaged.

The pilot reportedly managed to extricate himself from the wreckage.

He suffered serious injuries to his chest, and was treated on scene by Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) paramedics and Queensland Fire & Emergency Service (QFES) personnel.

The RACQ LifeFlight Rescue aeromedical crew landed close to the scene a short time later.

“He’s lucky to be alive,” said RACQ LifeFlight Rescue pilot Hamish Felton-Taylor.

The injured man was under the care of the RACQ LifeFlight Rescue Critical Care Doctor and QAS Flight Paramedic, when he was airlifted to Toowoomba Hospital, in a serious but stable condition.