The Australian Transport Safety Bureau has cleared a helicopter and winch from contributing to the death of New South Wales helicopter paramedic Mick Wilson on Christmas Eve.
The bureau has completed its review of the helicopter and winch and released a preliminary report into the incident.
The organisation will continue its investigation, turning its attention to the ropes and other equipment, alongside the winching operation and the experience and qualifications of those involved in the ill-fated rescue.
Mr Wilson, a paramedic for 15 years, died after a winch line was cut during a complex rescue operation at Carrington Falls on the state’s south coast.
The bureau, which plans to release its final report early next year, has recovered data from the helicopter’s
voice recorders and interviewed crew and witnesses involved in the tragic incident.
Mr Wilson’s wife Kellie, a nurse, and their three children farewelled the experienced paramedic at his funeral, held at St James Anglican Church in Sydney on January 3.
“There are many people out there that owe their lives to my beautiful husband,” Mrs Wilson told media.
Mr Wilson was the first NSW paramedic to be killed on duty in more than 30 years.
The Civil Aviation Safety Authority is also investigating the accident.
An appeal has been established to support the Wilson family. To support the family, visit the Commonwealth Bank and donate to the ‘Mick Wilson Family Appeal’, BSB 062-177, Account No 1024 7793.