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Man arrested when helicopter crash kills crewmember of Outback Wrangler TV show.

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2 hours ago, Kununurra said:

No mention of what the charge is, but will be interesting to se the outcome.

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"charged with conspiracy and evidence offences over a Northern Territory helicopter crash which claimed the life of a cast member of National Geographic's Outback Wrangler show.

The man was detained on Wednesday for questioning then charged with conspiracy to pervert the course of justice, destruction of evidence and providing a false statement in a statutory declaration."

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In Hoch's case, evidence must be provided showing a proveable link between the charged individual, and the insertion of contaminants in rivals fuel tanks. This stunt is the oldest trick in the book, and almost impossible to prove unless the person has actually been caught in the act, or on camera, carrying it out. Contaminants can come from anywhere, and unless there's a precise ID of the contaminants origin and type of material, then the case is very weak.


Hoch does not appear to off the hook completely, he's just beaten the contamination charges. I understand he has numerous other charges pending which obviously do have proveable evidence to back them up.


With regard to the charges against Michael Burbidge, Director and Chief Pilot of Remote Helicopters Australia, the evidence is obviously a little more concrete, such as furnishing a false Statutory Declaration and destroying evidence - and thereby attempting to Pervert the Course of Justice. Make no mistake, these are very serious charges, no matter what the position or employment of the individual concerned - and if proven in court, will end up becoming a serious jail term for the defendant.

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