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Flights cancelled after fatal crash at Hobart Airport

November 8, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

A helicopter crash at Hobart Airport yesterday killed one person and seriously injured another, putting the airport into emergency mode with all flights cancelled and hundreds of people waiting in the terminal.

Tasmania Police said emergency services were responding to a “serious helicopter crash” at the airport and that the incident had impacted on airport operations, including commercial flights. Debris was reported scattered on the runway.

A statement on Hobart Airport’s website this morning said: “Operations will be returning to normal from first flight this morning, 8th of November 2017. Refer to your airline’s website for further information.”

All flights out of Hobart Airport were cancelled yesterday evening. An ABC News employee at the airport said “a couple of hundred people” waiting in the departure terminal had been told their Jetstar flight due to leave for Melbourne had been cancelled.

Reports yesterday evening said flights, including Jetstar flight JQ715 from Melbourne, were being diverted to Launceston Airport, with passengers transported by bus between Hobart and Launceston, a journey of about two and a half hours.

The crashed helicopter was said to belong to local company Rotorlift, which conducts search and rescue operations for Tasmania Police.

ABC News reported that a QantasLink flight was turned back before take-off and passengers aboard saw ambulances and fire trucks on the runway.

A spokesman for the Australian Transport Safety Bureau said said last night the bureau had been advised of an accident at Hobart Airport involving a helicopter with two people aboard. Transport safety investigators from Canberra and Brisbane were on their way to the scene.

Written by Peter Needham

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