Roger Paul Corbin, of Otago Bay, aged 57 has been named as the man who was tragically killed in a helicopter crash at Hobart Airport yesterday afternoon.
Mr Corbin was Managing Director and Head of Operations of Rotorlift, with over 30 years in the aviation industry. He was an Grade 1 Instructor and CASA Approved Examiner Officer.
Mr Corbin had conducted rescue operations since 1982 with extensive mountain flying and remote area experience in New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and South East Asia.
As well as his training experience, Mr Corbin had been involved with EMS, SAR, Fire Fighting, Marine Pilot Transfers, Sling and Long Line Operations.
In addition to his role as Rotolift Managing Director and Head of Operations, Mr Corbin had over 20 years management experience and more than 14,000 flight hours as well as holding an Air Transport Pilot License for both Helicopter and Fixed Wing.
Tas Police Inspector Natasha Freeman said that the 33 year old trainee pilot also involved in the crash remains in a serious but stable condition in the Royal Hobart Hospital.
“This is a tragic incident and we are working closely with Mr Corbin’s family,” Inspector Freeman said.
“The circumstances surrounding the crash are being investigated and at this point, it is not possible to say who was in control of the dual control aircraft at the time.”
Members of the Air Transport Safety Bureau are assisting Tasmania Police and the Coroner with the investigation.
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