57 year old man dies in Hobart Airport helicopter crash

Flights return after overnight closure

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A 57 year old man has died and another man is in a serious condition following a crash at Hobart Airport

Tasmanian Police report that the crash happened at around 5.20pm yesterday (Tuesday the 7/11/2017) when a Rotorlift helicopter, carrying two occupants at the time of the incident, nose dived from 200m in air above the runway.

The helicopter crashed on the grass verge on the edge of the runway with one occupant, a 57 year old male, declared deceased at the scene and the second occupant, a 33 year old male, transported to the Royal Hobart where he is reportedly in a serious but stable condition.

Hobart Airport was temporarily closed whilst the investigation took place. At least one Mainland bound flight was diverted to Launceston with passengers transported by bus to the north for their departure. 

Other airlines cancelled flights with interstate passengers provided overnight accommodation. Hobart Airport this morning reported operations had returned to normal with passengers being asked to check with their airline for flight details.   


The helicopter involved in the crash was transported to a secure facility for further examination, with members of the Air Transport Safety Bureau now assisting Tasmania Police and the Coroner with the investigation.

Police would not confirm if the deceased was the helicopter pilot or a passenger, with more detail expected to be released today. 

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