Helicopter pilot dies in crash while mustering on the NT's Limbunya Station
A pilot has been killed in a helicopter crash during mustering operations on a remote station in the Northern Territory.
The crash involving a Robinson R22 helicopter was reported at about 12:20pm on Tuesday at Limbunya Station, in the NT's Victoria River region and near the border with Western Australia.
According to NT Police, officers from Yarralin and Kalkarindji stations attended the scene where the 65-year-old pilot was confirmed dead. 
He was the only person in the helicopter. 
In a statement released on Tuesday evening, helicopter charter company Top End Mustering said the chopper had been carrying out routine mustering when it crashed.
"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 said.
"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 relevant authorities in their investigation process."
The crash is being investigated by NT Police.
"Investigations into the circumstances of the crash are ongoing and more information will be provided as it becomes available," a police spokesman said late on Tuesday.
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) confirmed it is also investigating the incident. 
"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," Chief Commissioner Angus Mitchell said. 
"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."
Mr Mitchell said a preliminary report on the incident is likely to be published in the coming weeks. 
NT Worksafe has also been notified of the crash. 
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