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Old 17th Aug 2018, 06:24
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BK117 Down - NSW South Coast

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Old 17th Aug 2018, 06:36
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Something a bit smaller than the origionally reported Aircrane and locally operated by the looks of it:
Waterbombing helicopter crashes on NSW south coast - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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Old 17th Aug 2018, 08:28
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Pilot dies in water bombing helicopter crash on NSW south coast

A pilot has died after a waterbombing helicopter crashed on the NSW south coast where emergency services have been battling bushfires.

Paramedics were called to Woodstock, near Ulladulla, about 2:15pm after the helicopter crashed into a tree.

The NSW Rural Fire Service confirmed the helicopter had been contracted to work on the Kingiman fire, which has been burning west of Ulladulla.

RFS firefighters and other emergency rescue services were on site, the RFS said.

Sydney Helicopters confirmed its aircraft was involved in the crash.

The helicopter was built in 1994 and first registered in Australia in 2015.

Civil Aviation Safety Authority spokesman Peter Gibson said the helicopter had been "involved in firefighting operations and crashed into terrain".

"The pilot was the only person on board," he said.

NSW Police said a crime scene has been established and will be forensically examined.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau will also attend and begin an investigation.

Sydney Helicopters has been operating for more than three decades and describes itself as the city's "premier helicopter service provider".

It is the longest running commercial helicopter operator in Sydney, with aircraft housed at Parramatta Heliport.

An emergency warning was issued for the blaze on Wednesday, which is still burning in the area of Woodstock, west of Burrill Lake.

It has already burnt more than 1,600 hectares.

The NSW RFS said their efforts today would focus on the area around Carriage Road and Kingiman Road.



RIP; almost mid winter and there are nearly 80 fires going in NSW already.
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Latest photos on FB show the Bambi still dangling from the nearby tree, and the longline around a limb down to the wreck

Not my photos to post, I’ll ask before doing so.
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As mentioned in the previous post:



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Shocking stuff, also eerie as I was tracking him on flight radar during the height of the fires 2 days ago.

Have no knowledge of choppers but it appears at least from the photos at the bucket and line is tangled in trees, obviously this could have happened during the crash but if it was to happen does the line have an automatic quick release?
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Hooks don't have automatic quick release. The only way to open the hook is by pilot command.
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no breakable weak link?
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There are no breakable weak links in the lines
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From Sydney Helicopters this evening

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Fly high good man. Heartbroken that you've made such a sacrifice.
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Pilot dies in waterbombing helicopter crash on NSW south coast - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
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Old 18th Aug 2018, 00:43
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From the NSW RFS Commissioner

From NSWRFS Commissioner

Evening All

You will probably have received media reports already confirming the death of one of our contracted pilots as a result of a helicopter crash whilst working on the Kingiman fire near Ulladulla yesterday afternoon.

The pilot involved was Allan Tull, more widely known as Tully, who was working for Sydney Helicopters, flying one of their BK117 helicopters. Tully was an extremely experienced pilot of some 30 years and was recognized as one of the most experienced fire-bombing pilots in the industry. Tully also flew the NSW RFS BK117s for several years. His current employer, Sydney Helicopters, has been operating for 33 years and is recognized for having a wide range of capabilities including fire fighting operations. The NSW RFS has had a close working relationship with Sydney Helicopters for decades. We are working closely with Sydney Helicopters at this time and assisting them wherever we can. In speaking with the owner last night he is most appreciative of the assistance provided.

As is appropriate, formal investigative processes involving the NSW Police and ATSB are underway to formally determine the cause/circumstances associated with the accident.

Yesterday afternoon I was able to pop down to Shoalhaven and speak with some of the crews involved and affected by this awful accident and attend the accident scene where crews were still in attendance. Having listened to the crews explain and describe what they heard and saw, how they responded and how they felt, there is no doubt that this accident was an extremely tragic and frightening experience for all involved.

Two brigades, Ridgeway (crew of 6) and Queanbeyan (crew of 5), as part of the Lake George Strike Team helping local crews, were working to protect a property impacted by the fire. Shortly after 1400hours the helicopter crashed in close proximity (estimated to be 15-20m) to the Ridgeway crew and tanker, as well as the home and local resident.

The Ridgeway crew members witnessed the accident and helicopter crash to the ground in front of them. Crew members immediately responded to the aid of the pilot who unfortunately was determined to be deceased and was not able to be revived despite their best efforts. The Queanbeyan crew also responded from a short distance away to assist their colleagues. With a strong smell of fuel, they deployed lines and made the area safe. Other emergency services arrived thereafter from road and air.

As is sadly too often the case, one of our responding crew members knew the accident victim. When not volunteering, he works as a ‘crewman’ with helicopter companies, including Sydney Helicopters and he identified the aircraft and Tully immediately.

Last evening I was also able to speak with the owner and chief pilot of Sydney Helicopters as well as Tully’s son who lives in New Zealand and pass on the sincere condolences and sympathies of the NSW RFS family. They are naturally devastated and struggling to comprehend the loss of Tully however, they did take a deal of comfort and were most appreciate in knowing that our NSW RFS members, people who knew and cared for Tully’s welfare, were there and trying to assist within seconds of the accident and that he wasn’t isolated waiting for assistance to arrive.

I also spoke with Commissioner Pail Baxter on the way home tonight to pass on the appreciation of the Lake George crews for the extraordinary efforts of the Ulladulla FRNSW Rescue crew who attended the scene to remove Tully form the aircraft. Our crews who were present and assisted FRNSW, described the collective effort as being most professional, dignified and respectful.

Unfortunately, by the time I arrived in Milton I was not able to speak with other pilots, crew or air operations personnel but am aware that IC Greg Wardle and RM Ken Hall spent time with the team at the Shoalhaven FCC. My sincere appreciation to all involved in responding to this tragic accident, from the crews on the front line, to the IMT and State Operations and all those behind the scenes.

As we discussed a deal last night, I feel it’s important to reiterate that it’s perfectly normal and OK for anyone involved and affected by this tragic accident to not feel OK. I would encourage all members to ensure they look after themselves, look after each other and avail themselves of the services available through our CISS and Chaplaincly/Family Support programs where necessary.

Such tragic accidents always reinforce for me the fragility of life and the extraordinary pain and grief associated with loss. We need to ensure that we all maintain our focus on safety and should truly cherish the time we have with loved ones, colleagues, family and friends.

I’m sure you will all join with me in extended our thoughts, prayers and best wishes to all those involved and affected by this terrible tragedy.

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Very sad news.....another good one gone to soon!
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Such a tragedy., another Brother gone far too soon.........Rest in Peace
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Old 18th Aug 2018, 23:27
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Journalist's tribute to Allan Tull

https://www.southcoastregister.com.a...dnt-call-home/
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Oct 2009

I met Tully around 10 years ago in Papua New Guinea, and spent a day doing a famil with him in a BK for a mine contract. Later I would catch up with him from time to time at the Jackson's Aeroclub in Port Moresby.
A really nice bloke with a wealth of experience, especially in BK's, and he passed on some really good advice, not only on flying, but operating in PNG in general.
See attached pic from that day.

My condolences to his family and friends.

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