Photographer Richard Green killed in EC135 helicopter crash

written by australianaviation.com.au | November 10, 2015
VH-GKK
Richard Green’s EC135 VH-GKK.

Renowned Australian landscape and nature photographer Richard Green, his wife Carolyn and friend John Davis were killed when Green’s Airbus Helicopters EC135, VH-GKK,  crashed in mountainous terrain while the trio were returning to Sydney, having departed from Breeza Station, south-west of Tamworth, on November 7.

When the distinctively painted EC135 failed to arrive at the Green’s Mona Vale residence on Sydney’s northern beaches by the morning of November 9, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) were alerted and commenced a search and rescue operation that stretched from Hunter Valley to northern Sydney. 

AMSA deployed one of its Dornier 328 SAR aircraft along with ten helicopters to carry out the search, which located the wreckage of VH-GKK in dense vegetation at around 7pm that evening in the Watagans National Park, south of Cessnock.

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A paramedic from a rescue helicopter involved in the search was winched down and confirmed the wreckage was VH-GKK and that there were no survivors. 

AMSA said weather conditions in the Hunter Valley region on November 7 were severe with localised thunderstorms and no mayday call was broadcast nor a signal from an emergency locator transmitter detected.

On his website, Green said he and Carolyn used the helicopter as a flying camper van to find, access and photographically record some of Australia’s most remote, wild and beautiful environments.

“The helicopter has been specially modified to act as a self-sufficient camp base. This allows me to remain in situ to take my photographs in the warm light of dawn or sunset,” Green said on his website.

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“The EC135, which we have operated since 1999, is my pride and joy.” 

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau will investigate the cause of the accident and prepare a report.

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Photographer Richard Green killed in EC135 helicopter crash Comment

  • Gus daffy

    says:

    I was the aircraft refueller at Birdsville from 2007 to 2013 & refuelled vh-gkk
    Several times .
    The greens sometimes stayed at our Birdsville hotel arriving late afternoon & departing next day after a chat & a good meal at the pub , lovely people
    & they will be sadly missed .
    Gus the Birdsville refueller 2007-2013

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