PLB Saves Pilot in Northern Territory Helicopter Crash

The pilot of a Robinson Helicopter, who was the sole occupant, was successfully rescued last week after his GME Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) alerted authorities of his crash and location.

The GME MT410G aided the rescue by alerting Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) to the location of the crash site due to the integrated GPS system. The RACQ Lifeflight Rescue helicopter from Mt Isa and the Challenger Jet Rescue 660 from Cairns were dispatched by the AMSA who, along with assistance from locals, successfully treated the pilot who was in a serious condition at the site before transporting him to Mt Isa for treatment.

The activation of the PLB was what alerted the authorities to the crash, along with the location, and allowed for a timely rescue – ultimately saving the life of the pilot.

With such a remote location for this crash, it serves as a timely reminder of the necessity of having a registered PLB on board. All Beacons should be registered to limit any delays in the response. A registered Beacon allows AMSA Search and Rescue to phone the listed emergency contacts and look up important information to initiate a response as soon as possible.

Registration is fast and free and is available to do online at www.beacons.amsa.gov.au.

Photo Courtesy – The Australian Maritime Safety Authority