In­sur­ance ap­peal lost

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

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