Helicopter incident update


A man has been critically injured following a helicopter crash near Pipers Brook this afternoon.

Police and emergency services were called to the scene near Pipers Brook Road, Pipers Brook, about 3.20pm today.

The man  – the pilot and only occupant of the helicopter – was critically injured in the incident. Further updates will be provided when appropriate. 

Initial investigations suggest that the pilot was in the area undertaking duties relating to bushfires in the Lebrina area when it crashed in a paddock. 

TFS Acting Deputy Chief Jeff Harper said that it was a tragic incident and our hearts go out to the man’s family and loved ones at this difficult time.

“Our thoughts are also with our people and others who have been working very closely with the man involved to help fight the Lebrina fires,” Mr Harper said.

“We will be working with Police, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau and other authorities so that this incident is fully investigated.

“It is a very tragic situation, especially because it has involved someone who was working hard to fight the Lebrina fires to help our community safe.

“Understandably this is a very distressing incident for everyone involved and we will be ensuring our people have access to all available support.”

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau will be advised and will undertake an investigation.

Anyone with information who may have seen the aircraft near Pipers Brook just before the crash should call Launceston Police on 131444 or report to Crime Stoppers on 1800333000 or crimestopperstas.com.au. Information can be provided anonymously.