Crash investigators reach scene
THE Australian Transport Safety Bureau has deployed four investigators from Canberra and Brisbane to investigate the crash of a helicopter at Hardy Reef.
A spokesman said a preliminary report would be made available by the end of April.
“The ATSB wishes to extend its deepest sympathises to the families, friends and colleagues of those who were killed or injured in this tragic helicopter accident,” he said.
“The ATSB’s investigation aims to identify the causal factors of this accident to determine what happened with the view of preventing something like this happening again.
“Investigators will interview witnesses, examine any available recorded data, review operational and maintenance records and technical documentation.”
A spokesman for the Great Barrier Reef Marina Park Authority said the matter is now in the hands of the ATSB and police.
“We will work with the safety authorities as required,” he said.
It is understood the removal of the helicopter, now 52m under water, could be complicated by its location and proximity to the reef.
The crash on Wednesday afternoon claimed the lives of two Hawaiian tourists.
CHOPPER DOWN: The site of the crash at Hardy Reef.