Western Australia helicopter crash kills two people after wreckage found at Cowcowing Lakes


Two men found dead in helicopter wreckage after their aircraft failed to show up at airport

  • Two men killed after helicopter crashed in regional Western Australia on Sunday
  • Men were headed to Jadakot Airport on helicopter but aircraft didn’t show up 
  • Authorities launched a search mission and discovered wreckage of helicopter 

Two men have been killed after their helicopter crashed in regional Western Australia.

The men, aged in their 50s and 70s, had left Koorda on a Robinson 22 helicopter and were headed to Jandakot Airport on Sunday.

They had been attending a weekend club event when disaster then struck. 

Two men have been killed after their helicopter crashed in regional Western Australia (stock image, the wreckage was found near Cowcowing Lakes in Booralaming)

Authorities were alerted when the aircraft did not arrive at the airport and the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre launched a search mission.

The wreckage of the plane was discovered near Cowcowing Lakes in Booralaming, south-west of Koorda. 

Police confirmed no one onboard the aircraft survived the crash.

The Royal Aero Club of Western Australia confirmed the members’ deaths on Monday.

‘It is with great sadness that we can confirm that the two fatalities in the helicopter crash in the vicinity of Cowcowing Lakes yesterday were club members participating in their private aircraft supporting the local Koorda Fly-In event,’ it said in a statement.

‘On behalf of the Royal Aero Club of Western Australia, we extend our deepest sympathies and condolences to the families, friends and club members involved.’

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau will launch an investigation. 

‘Over the coming days, ATSB investigators will survey and map the accident site and collect any relevant components for further examination and analysis at the ATSB’s technical facilities in Canberra,’ Chief Commissioner Angus Mitchell said.

‘They will also obtain and review any recorded data, weather information, witness reports and aircraft operator procedures and maintenance records.

The men, aged in their 50s and 70s, had left Koorda on a Robinson 22 helicopter (stock image) and were headed to Jandakot Airport on Sunday

The men, aged in their 50s and 70s, had left Koorda on a Robinson 22 helicopter (stock image) and were headed to Jandakot Airport on Sunday

‘Should any critical safety issues be identified at any stage during the course of the investigation, the ATSB will immediately notify relevant parties so appropriate safety action can be taken.’

Police will prepare a report for the coroner. 

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report the information online at crimestopperswa.com.au. 

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