Helicopter pilot dies in rural NSW crash

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A helicopter pilot has died after his aircraft crashed in the Riverina district, near the NSW-Victorian border.

The man was flying in Maude when it crashed about midday on Wednesday.

Paramedics were called to a property on Toopuntul Road, about 50km west of Hay, but the pilot and sole occupant died at the scene.

He is yet to be formally identified.

NSW Police and the Australian Transport Safety Bureau have begun investigating the circumstances surrounding the crash.

A team from the ATSB will arrive at the regional NSW crash site on Thursday, where they will examine the wreckage and interview the parties involved.

A preliminary report will be released within weeks, a spokesperson said.

"However, should a critical safety issue be identified during the course of the investigation, the ATSB will immediately notify relevant parties so appropriate safety action can be taken," they said.

NSW Police will also prepare a report for the coroner.

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