Fatal helicopter crash – Maitland Vale

Police remain at the scene of a fatal helicopter crash in the Hunter this afternoon.

About 4.20pm (Thursday 6 October 2022), emergency services were called to Campbells Road, Maitland Vale – about 10km north of Maitland – after reports a helicopter had crashed.

Upon arrival, crews located a Bell ‘Jet Ranger’ helicopter crashed on a nearby riverbank.

One male occupant was located deceased; he is yet to be formally identified.

Officers attached to Port Stephens-Hunter Police District have established a crime scene.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) have been notified and will conduct an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the crash.

A report will be prepared for the information of the Coroner.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report information via NSW Police social media pages.

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