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Outback Wrangler Matt Wright helicopter crash arrest: Warrant issued for crocodile TV star

Arrest warrant is issued for Outback Wrangler star Matt Wright nine months after helicopter crash that killed his best mate while he was collecting crocodile eggs

Police have issued an arrest warrant for reality television star Matt Wright, nine months after a helicopter crash tragically killed one of his co-stars.

The star of Outback Wrangler will be charged by police following an extensive investigation in relation to the crash that killed his co-star Chris ‘Willow’ Wilson in the Northern Territory in February. 

Wright, 43, will be charged with several offences including perverting the course of justice, destruction of evidence, fabricating evidence, interfering with witnesses, unlawful entry and making a false statement. 

 Wright – who has been living in Queensland – has been told to attend a Darwin police station by Wednesday.

‘The man has been contacted via his legal team and informed he must present himself to Northern Territory Police in Darwin by 9am Wednesday 30 November,’ a police statement read.

Matt Wright (pictured with his wife) is expected to be charged by police nine months after a helicopter crash tragically claimed the life of one of his co-stars

Wilson, 34, collecting crocodile eggs in a remote area of west Arnhem Land when the helicopter he was travelling in crashed on February 28. 

Pilot Sebastian Robinson was seriously injured in the crash and is still recovering from his injuries.

It’s understood the police investigation has been looking into Wright’s actions before and after the fatal crash.

Police will allege Wright tampered with evidence at the crash site.

The warrant comes after Wright recently opened up about the crash and how he still struggles to speak about the death of his close mate.

‘It’s still pretty fresh,’ he told express.co.uk. 

‘Maybe in time, you know… I’ll explain.’

The crocodile wrangler claimed his friends were ‘out doing another job with another pilot’.

‘Unfortunately, the machine went down and Willow was killed in the process. So, it’s taken a horrible toll this year.’

A preliminary ATSB analysis of the site indicated the crash happened when the helicopter’s main rotor blade struck and cut through a tree trunk multiple times before the aircraft hit the ground.

Initial assessments indicated the engine had stopped prior to the helicopter colliding with the ground.

An examination found no defects likely to cause the engine to stop and there was no visible damage to the tail rotor blades and drive system.

 

More to come 

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Read more at DailyMail.co.uk



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