Peter Carter, director of Carter Capner Law and former national president of the Australian Lawyers Alliance, said the incident should “sound alarm bells” for the safety regulator and that Wilson’s family may be entitled to compensation over the incident.
An investigation by the transport safety watchdog determined that the Robinson R44 VH-IDW, which was on a mission to collect crocodile eggs near the King River in February 2022, likely ran out of fuel while Wilson was in a sling line below the helicopter, causing the engine to stop.
The minister told ABC Radio in Perth this week that CASA “can’t be everywhere” in response to questions from host Nadia Mitsopoulos over whether the crash, which took the life of 12-year-old Amber Jess Millar (pictured), could have been prevented had CASA been more proactive.
Babcock pilot Shaun Willson discusses how operational decision-making between the medical team and aircrew during a complex medevac are critical when a patient’s life is at stake.
Australian Aviation reported two years ago how the same McDermott Aviation aircraft were taken to Europe on a larger Antonov An124 to tackle wildfires in the region.