CANBERRA, Australia — A pilot noticed an engine malfunction warning sign moments earlier than his helicopter crashed on Australia’s Nice Barrier Reef final month,and injuring a Colorado couple, a crash investigation reported on Wednesday. The Australian Transport Security Bureau launched its preliminary report on the reason for the crash northeast of the Hamilton Island vacationer resort on March 21 that killed Peter Hensel, 79, and his 65-year-old spouse, Sue, who had married in December.
They have been heading to a vacationer pontoon that has dive services and underwater chambers to view coral.
Sue Hensel’s daughter Emily Sheets, 33, and her husband Bobby, 34, escaped the crash with minor accidents. The 35-year-old pilot, who has not been recognized, was not harm.
The five-seat Eurocopter EC120 B single-engine helicopter was approaching a touchdown pontoon from an altitude of 40 toes and the pilot noticed a warning gentle on his dashboard. He determined to abort the touchdown however felt a “thud” earlier than the helicopter started rotating and hit the water and rolled the other way up, the investigative report mentioned.
The pilot and Colorado couple swam free earlier than returning to free the others. The report mentioned they have been dragged free and employees on the web site tried resuscitation till paramedics arrived. The report mentioned the honeymooners had been “fatally injured” however didn’t elaborate.
The helicopter wreck has not been recovered from the water. The crash investigation is constant and has not prompt any possible trigger.
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