BIG LOSS! Canadian pilot dies after crevasse fall in Antarctica

BIG LOSS! Canadian pilot dies after crevasse fall in Antarctica


A Canadian helicopter pilot has died after falling 20m (65ft) into an icy crevasse near Australia’s Davis base in Antarctica.

After getting from his helicopter in a routine fuel drop on Monday, David Wood, 62, fell to the crack.

He was saved after three hours and flown for treatment to the research station, with medical advice given by phone from Australia.

The next day, however he died from his injuries.

Authorities say they’re working to return his body.

The aviators were in two different choppers, which AAD said was routine.

After disembarking, Mr Wood fell to the crevasse. The 2nd pilot flew back to Davis base for assistance, returning with rescue workers and had not been in a position to assist, said AAD.

AAD manager Nick Gales said Mr Wood had flying experience in both Arctic and the Antarctic.

“Mr Wood proved to be a respected colleague and friend to many in the Australian Antarctic plan, with which he continues to be involved to get several years,” he said.

Canadian media said most of the year in Manitoba resided where he helped fight forest fires and worked as charter pilot.

Fellow aviator Bruno Meili said he’d “lived and breathed choppers”. He told Canadian media an injury like this was “not that which you believe would occur in our type of company”.