A devastating helicopter crash in the Victoria River region near the WA border has resulted in the tragic death of 65-year-old pilot, Roger Nowland. The incident occurred on June 27 during routine mustering operations when the Mr Nowland’s Robinson R22 helicopter crashed into terrain on Limbunya Station which sits about 500 km south of Darwin near the WA border. Yarralin and Kalkarindji Police swiftly responded to the scene and upon arrival confirmed Mr Nowland, who was the sole occupant of the aircraft, had not survived the crash. NT Police confirmed investigations were ongoing with a report being prepared for the coroner NT WorkSafe has also been notified of the incident. In wake of the tragedy, Top End Mustering, based in Kununurra, released a statement on its Facebook page saying the company would fully cooperate with investigating authorities. “It is with great sadness that Top End Mustering acknowledges the tragic helicopter accident that today took the life of a highly experienced pilot during a routine mustering operation on Limbunya Station,” the statement read. “First and foremost, we wish to express our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the pilot involved, as well as our own team who are devastated by this loss. “The safety of our employees and clients is always our highest priority and we are working closely with the relevant authorities in their investigation process. “Our focus is on understanding what has occurred and continuing to support the family friends and colleagues of the pilot.” The Australian Transport Safety Bureau has also taken swift action, initiating a transport safety investigation into the collision. “The ATSB is deploying investigators from its Canberra office, with experience in helicopter maintenance and engineering, to the accident site to begin the evidence collection phase of the investigation,” an ATSB statement read. “Over coming days investigators will examine the helicopter wreckage, survey and map the accident site with a drone, and collect any relevant components for further examination and analysis at the ATSB’s technical facilities in Canberra. “Investigators will also obtain and review any recorded data, weather information, witness reports, and aircraft operator procedures and maintenance records.” The ATSB anticipates a preliminary report into the crash will be delivered in six to eight weeks, however, should any critical safety issues be identified during the course of the investigation, relevant parties will be immediately notified. The final report will be delivered once the investigation has completed, according to ATSB.