| 13.11,19. 04:44 PM |
Queensland bushfire threat continues, waterbombing chopper crash-lands on Darling Downs
Photo: The helicopter lays on its side in the bush near Toowoomba. (ABC News)
The pilot of a waterbombing helicopter has walked away with minor injuries after crashlanding while battling a blaze at Pechey, west of Brisbane.
Paramedics said the helicopter, operated by McDermott Aviation, "landed heavily" just before 2:00pm.
The pilot, who is in his 70s, has been taken to Toowoomba Hospital in a stable condition.
Toowoomba Mayor Paul Antonio said the incident is unfortunate but has not hampered any fire fighting efforts.
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"We're very thankful to those skilled pilots who go out there and help us control fires when need be and our thoughts are with all concerned," he said.
Conditions are worsening in parts of Queensland following an unfavourable wind change, with more than 80 fires burning around the state.