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    Sydney, Australia.

    Title reads 'Tragic Helicopter Crash'.

    Various shots of the rescue police starting to recover the twisted wreckage of the crashed helicopter with the help of firemen - ABC News helicopter crashed in Sydney. LS. The small helicopter in the sky. It starts to spin and head towards the ground before it disappears behind the tall buildings of Sydney. Aerial shot from the helicopter before the crash - the last shot taken before the crash. The picture starts to spin and the camera keeps turning - very dramatic. Various shots around the streets of Sydney showing the wreckage of the wrecked helicopter which took the lives of the three passengers who were travelling in it.

    (Comb. F.G.)

    Date found in the old record - 27/12/1966.

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    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Film ID:
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:05:35:00 / 01:08:04:00
    UN 4209 A
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    UN 4209 A
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Comments (4)

  1. jamied says

    The date of the incident featured was 10 December 1966.

    The helicopter involved was a Bell-47.

    All three people on board were killed - cameraman Frank Parnell, pilot James Riley and producer Patricia Ludford.

  2. Chris Keating says

    The helicopter was on charter to the ABC from Sydney helicopter service Rotor-Work - the same helicopter (VH-AHF) had been used in the pilot episode of the TV series "Skippy" shortly before (and the wreckage was apparently used in a later episode).

  3. reillyb747 says

    Just one small correction. The name of the pilot was James Reilly.

  4. lindadraper says

    I was there that day talking with friends near King's Cross when I looked toward downtown and saw the helicopter twirling in the air. I was starting a job the next day at Australian United Press near Circular Quay and called the office, telling the woman who answered the phone that "I think a helicopter just crashes on your roof." I eventually married her. I had arrived in Australia only a month before. Amazing to see this video!

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