A pilot operator from New Zealand has died in a crash after a helicopter he was flying crashed in New South Wales.
The pilot was piloting a Cessna 208 when it crashed on the Gully River at Chorlton on Friday morning.
Police said the pilot, who was aged in his 30s, died on Saturday.
He had been flying the aircraft on the Cessnas E-15 aircraft, a small Cessnair with a small payload.
Aerial surveillance operator KAPT said he had been in his 40s.
“He is survived by his wife and two young daughters,” KAPP said in a statement.
Tdfp Operator dies in crash at Choro Creek, New South Welsh Police Commissioner Graham Smith said the C921, owned by KAPO, was on a routine patrol when it collided with another aircraft on a dirt road.
Smith said the helicopter had been on the ground when it came off the runway at Choral, about 10km north-east of Chorlan, at 8.40am.
“[The pilot] was on the runway when the aircraft came into contact with the dirt road,” he said.
KAPO said the aircraft was a C922 that was “a very good performer”.
“We are deeply saddened to hear the passing of a pilot and his family,” the company said in its statement.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the deceased.”
The KAPTO helicopter is equipped with an air-to-ground radar and a helicopter-to‑air radio.
Mr Smith said it was “deeply saddened” by the accident.
Anyone with information should contact police on 131 444 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.