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Tourism company founder Troy Thomas one of two people killed in helicopter crash

The founder of an award-winning tourism company has been identified as the pilot and one of two people killed in a helicopter crash in Broome.

Troy Thomas, 40, and a 12-year-old girl died when the Robinson R44 helicopter crashed on Antheous Way, Bilingurr, a northern suburb of Broome, just after 2:30pm on Saturday.

Mr Thomas was flying the aircraft.

A woman in her 20s and another 12-year-old child were critically injured in the crash and have been flown to Perth for medical treatment.

Troy Thomas accepting an award in March 2020.Troy Thomas accepting an award in March 2020.
Troy Thomas was believed to be flying the helicopter when it crashed in Broome.(Supplied: Facebook)

Witnesses reported hearing a loud bang and the sound of the helicopter prior to the crash, while sirens from the large-scale emergency response could be heard across Broome.

Troy Thomas started the award-winning Horizontal Falls Seaplane Adventures company in 2006, but sold it last year to tourism group Journey Beyond.

He was retained for one year as a manager, so was still working with the company at the time of his death.

An RFDS plane on the tarmac at Perth airport at night.An RFDS plane on the tarmac at Perth airport at night.
An RFDS plane transported the injured woman and child to Perth.(ABC News)

He accepted an award on behalf of the company at the Australian Tourism Awards in March.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau is sending officers to Broome to investigate the crash.

A bunch of flowers left near the scene of a fatal helicopter crash in Broome.A bunch of flowers left near the scene of a fatal helicopter crash in Broome.
Flowers left near the scene of the helicopter crash.(ABC News)
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