Cattle musterer critically injured in chopper crash in outback Queensland

THE pilot of a helicopter which crashed in outback Queensland has been airlifted to a hospital in Brisbane with critical head, chest and leg injuries.

The 47-year-old man was using the chopper to muster cattle on a remote property in the state’s Channel Country, around 120km southeast of Quilpie, when tragedy struck on Wednesday afternoon.

The light aircraft came down in a paddock 12km inside the property’s boundary around 3.30pm.


Due to the rugged terrain and remote location, emergency services had to be conveyed to the crash scene by private vehicles.

The pilot sustained life-threatening injuries, including multiple fractures and internal injuries, and somehow managed to free himself from the wreck.

He was treated by paramedics at the scene before being transported to Charleville Hospital.

From there, the 47-year-old was airlifted by the Royal Flying Doctors Service to the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane where he remains today.

Shortly after the accident, a helicopter with five people on board crashed into the ocean near the Whitsunday Islands, killing two people and injuring three. Read more here.