Search for missing helicopter pilot

29 Jul, 2015 11:56 AM


POLICE and other searchers located the wreckage of a helicopter and the body of pilot Ross McDowell at about 3.20pm on Wednesday in remote bushland about 11km north of Roy Hill station.

His family have been notified.

South Hedland Police were co-ordinating a search for a 62-year-old man who was piloting a single seat helicopter.

Mr McDowell’s helicopter departed Indee station, South Hedland, about 4pm on Tuesday and was on the way to Roy Hill station in Nullagine.

The distance is approximately 300 kilometres and generally is a 2.5 to 3hr flight time.

The helicopter was due to arrive at about 6:30pm on Tuesday and when it failed to arrive a search was initiated.

An aerial search is currently underway and consists of two helicopters, one from Indee station and one from Roy Hill station, a charted fixed wing aircraft and the Donier plane co-ordinated from AMSA in Canberra.


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