Insurance appeal lost
GREAT Barrier Reef Helicopters has lost its appeal to get the last of the insurance payout against the previous owners of a leased aircraft that crashed in Whyanbeel last year.
The incident occurred on June 1 when the Jet Bell Range 206 helicopter hit powerlines and crashed.
Pilot Chris Rose broke his back in three places and passenger Peter Logan from the Cairns Regional Council fractured his back in one place.
The previous owners of the company were awarded a $650,000 insurance payout, most of which went to the Commonwealth Bank to settle the loan, and GBR was fighting for the remaining $250,000.
The Queensland Court of Appeal last Friday upheld the previous decision to award the money to the previous owners and ordered GBR to pay the previous owner’s costs.
A final report in the cause of the accident released last year said the powerline was underneath the tree canopy and difficult to see.