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Outback Wrangler’s ‘do not approach’ list after helicopter crash: Matt Wright

After fronting court about the chopper crash that claimed the life of his friend and co-star, Outback Wrangler star Matt Wright was granted bail.

Wright, wearing jeans and a blue shirt, walked out of NT Local Court, Darwin, on Wednesday. He was told he would have to pay $20,000, and that an arrest warrant would be issued if he didn’t appear for his next hearing.

He has been told to avoid the wife and father of the helicopter accident victim Chris Wilson and Sebastian Robinson, the injured chopper pilot.

Other men on the list are Michael Burbidge (horseman pilot) and Neil Mellon (ex-police officer).

Matt Wright, Outback Wrangler’s star, was at Darwin Local Court Wednesday morning

He'S Been Ordered Not To Contact Danielle Wilson The Wife Of His Co-Star Chris Wilson Who Was Killed In The Helicopter Crash (Pictured Together)

HeHe has been instructed not to contact Danielle Wilson (wife of Chris Wilson), as he was fatally injured in the helicopter crash.

He He also can’t contact his Wild Croc Territory castmate Jock Percell, nor Darwin pub owner and operator Mick Burns. Neither of them are being charged.

He will lose a $20,000 guarantee if he contacts any of the people on the long list.

HeHe was also granted permission to live in Queensland. His wife and their newborn daughter recently moved to Queensland. Gold Coast.

The Chopper Pilot Injured In The Crash Seb Robinson (Pictured) Also Cannot Be Contacted By Wright

Wright can’t reach the pilot of the helicopter that was involved in the crash, Seb Robinson (pictured).

His Former Wild Croc Territory Castmate Jock Purcell Is Also On The List (Pictured)

Jock Purcell, his Wild Croc Territory ex-castmate, is also listed (pictured).

Former Senior Cop Neil Mellon (Pictured) Is Also One Of 50 People Wright Can'T Contact

Neil Mellon, a former senior cop (pictured), is another 50-person contact Wright cannot make. 

FULL LIST OF “THE OUTBACK WRANLER’S” BAIL CONDITIONS

He He was ordered to pay $20,000 for failure to appear at his next hearing. If he doesn’t, an arrest warrant will also be issued.

He You are allowed to reside in Queensland.

He You must exhibit a general good behavior. 

He You must not contact 50 individuals, including:

Neil Mellon was a former officer in the police force

Sebastian Robinson, a pilot of a helicopter, was injured

Danielle Wilson, the wife of the crash victim, and Robert Wilson, his father were both present at the scene.

Jock Purcell is his Wild Croc Territory costar 

Morgan Vidler, safety officer at Wright’s Helibrook company

Ty Richardson and Michael Burbridge are helicopter pilots

Jai Tomlinson was in another helicopter nearby

Nick Fordham is the Outback Wrangler producer & manager

James Apte, Wild Territory cattle wrangler 

Earlier on Wednesday as Wright arrived at court, a furious Darwin local let fly after journalists and curious locals were told to move to make room for Wright to sit down as he awaited his case to be called.

She She stood in the courtroom and complained to the court officers about Wright’s special treatment. Wright said she was in court since 9.30.

The clearly frustrated court attendee declared: ‘I’d rather catch f***ing cats.’

Wright was accompanied by his legal team. He ignored the media and strode intently from his car to the courthouse at 9:30 am.

A Furious Local Woman (Pictured) Was Enraged After Journalists And Locals Were Told To Move To Make Room For Matt Wright To Sit Down In Darwin Local Court As He Awaited His Case

Local woman furious (pictured) became angry after being told by journalists and other locals to move so that Matt Wright could sit in Darwin Local Court, while he awaited the outcome of his case.

Matt Wright Ignored The Waiting Media Pack As He Got Out His Car And Strode Purposefully Inside Without Any Bodyguards This Time After Ugly Scenes At Darwin Airport On Tuesday

After the harrowing scenes at Darwin Airport on Tuesday, Matt Wright ignored all media packs and simply walked into his car.

Wright arrived at Darwin Airport Tuesday without his burly guards who caused an altercation with a cameraman.

His arrival at the courtroom coincided when someone’s phone went off suddenly, sounding an alarm. This caused much confusion and laughter.

Wright sat in courtroom with a member his legal team, his hands on his knees, and waited for the matter to be discussed.

Wright appeared before the court when his lawyers requested an extension to the bail which was granted on Tuesday.

According to his lawyer, bail was granted by the duty magistrate.

Wright looked intently at the media as the judge reviewed his bail. The director of public prosecutions had asked for six conditions.

Bail was granted up to January 25, 2023.

Matt Wright (Centre) Faces Seven Charges Over A Helicopter Crash That Killed His Friend, Chris 'Willow' Wilson, In February.

Matt Wright (centre), is facing seven charges in connection to a helicopter accident that claimed the life of his friend Chris Wilson.

Matt Wright Turned Up For Court In Jeans And A Blue Shirt Flanked By His Suited Legal Team

Matt Wright arrived at court wearing jeans and a blue shirt, flanked by his suit legal team 

Wright was charged with the following: attempting to pervert a course of justice; destroying evidence; fabricating evidence; unlawfully entering building or dwelling; making a false statement and interfering in criminal investigations or court processes by making threats/reprisals.

Reality TV star, who is’strenuously’ defame the charges, and his lawyer made a statement after Wednesday’s hearing.

David Newey, his lawyer said that Matt Wright “strenuously denied” these charges. 

“Regulatory investigations have revealed no defect in this helicopter. Matt asks that Wilson and the media respect his privacy as well as Wilson’s.

“Matt is naturally dissatisfied that charges have been brought against him.” 

Wright’s spokesperson had previously stated that Wright was involved in a tragic accident which claimed the life of a close friend.

‘His immediate concern was the state of the two other team members aboard at the time. 

‘The next priority for the helicopters was to make sure that there was no danger to the other helicopters or team members on the site and that the area was safe. 

“Matt will not make any further statements, but he will vigorously defend the charges.”

The 43-yearold flew from Sydney, Australia to Darwin on Tuesday morning in order to present himself to the Northern Territory Police following an arrest warrant.

He He was granted bail to appear in court on condition that he not contact any persons and that he remained at a specified address. 

Matt Wright, 43, (Right) Flew From Sydney To Darwin On Tuesday Morning To Present Himself To Northern Territory Police After A Warrant Was Issued For His Arrest.

Matt Wright, 43 (right), flew from Sydney, Australia to Darwin Tuesday morning to appear before the Northern Territory Police. He was being held on a warrant.

Matt Wright'S Arrival At Darwin Airport Sparked Hectic Scenes As His Minders Clashed With Media

The arrival of Matt Wright at Darwin Airport set off chaotic scenes, as his minders clashed vigorously with media. 

Matt Wright Was Flanked By Bodyguards At The Airport Who Barged Past Media While Shouting And Throwing Their Hands At Flashing Camera Lenses

Matt Wright was flanked by bodyguards at the airport who barged past media while shouting and throwing their hands at flashing camera lenses

The reality TV star attempted to avoid reporters throughout the day, starting at 8am in NSW and ending at 6pm at a Palmerston police station. 

He Before settling, we tried to out-run reporters at Sydney Airport. Fly across the Atlantic in business class for a 4.5-hour flight Red Centre.

As he emerged at Darwin Airport, he found himself flanked with Bodyguards who pushed past media while shouting at flashing cameras and throwing their hands at them were called “bodyguards”.

You could hear several large men shouting, “Come on! Let’s go!” They pushed their way through the media packet with Wright at its centre, as they did so. 

In the footage and photos of the ordeal, Wright can be seen smiling.

Daily Mail Australia photographed The Outback Wrangler star loading his luggage into an overhead compartment in the business class section of Qantas Flight 840 from Sydney on Tuesday morning. 

Wilson was killed when the chopper in which he was traveling crashed into Arnhem Land. Wright, along with three other men, was also in the second chopper that crashed at Arnhem Land. Wright flew immediately to the scene.

Chris 'Willow' Wilson Died When The Chopper He Was Travelling In (Pictured) Crashed At Arnhem Land. A Second Chopper Carrying Three Men, Including Wright Immediately Flew To The Scene

Chris Wilson (pictured) was killed when the helicopter he was in crashed at Arnhem land. Wright was also on board the second helicopter that carried three people.

Chris Wilson Had Been Dangling 30M Below The Robinson R44 Helicopter On A Sling To Collect Crocodile Eggs Before Tragedy Struck

Chris Wilson was hanging 30m below Robinson R44 helicopter, using a sling for collecting crocodile eggs. Before tragedy struck, he had been doing this.

The trio is accused of interfering with evidence at the crash site to try to pervert the course and justice.

Wright has denied any wrongdoing regarding what he described to be a tragic accident.

Wilson was looking for crocodile eggs at a remote location in west Arnhemland when the Robinson R44 helicopter that he was riding 30m below collided in the ground and trees. 

According to preliminary Air Transport Safety Bureau reports, his body was located 40m away from the King River wreckage site.

Matt Wright (Right) Said The Death Of Mr Wilson (Centre) Was 'Still Pretty Fresh'. The Pair Were Cast Members On The Outback Wrangler Tv Series With Jono Brown (Left)

Outback Wrangler, a popular adventure TV series that was filmed in the Top End of Australia, airs in over 90 countries. Together with Jono and Wright (left), Mr Wilson was one of three cast members.

The father of two was held to a harness by a line so that he could collect eggs from crocodile nests located in swampy areas.

Pilot Sebastian Robinson sustained serious injuries in the crash. He is still recovering from his spinal injuries.

Helibrook, Mr Wright’s company, operated the R44 Raven II VH-IDW Robinson flew.

Wright’s second child, Dusty Faith, was born on November 18th.

The couple had just moved from the Northern Territory. Gold Coast. 

TIMELINE FOR OUTBACK WRANGER

FEBRUARY 28, 20,22

7:03am Seb Robinson, pilot, and Chris ‘Willow’ Willow, egg collector, are aboard one of three Robinson R44 helicopters that set off from Noonamah to conduct a crocodile egg collection mission on West Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory. The operation is about 500km from Darwin. Each helicopter has one pilot, and one egg collector. They fly for 90 minutes to the drum refuelling station in the bush close Mount Borradaile.

8.30am Choppers fly 20 minutes from the drum refuelling area towards King River staging area. Wilson allegedly shared a picture of his fuel gauge that showed it was almost full to their WhatsApp group.

Around 9am To go to their different egg collection areas, the helicopters split. Two head 12km north-east and collected eggs from nine nests between 0911 and 1014.

10.14am Robinson and Wilson are still unknown to the other crews, so Michael Burbridge (44), goes looking for them.

10.36am It discovers the wreckage of their helicopter 30km south-east of South Goulburn Island. Mr Wilson (34 years old) is dead at 40m. Robinson (28 year-old) is badly injured and has spinal injuries. Their chopper collided with trees, terrain, and other objects. The second chopper quickly takes off again in order to make radio contact and raise alarm.

Matt Wright, Outback Wrangler, allegedly flew to the crash site with Neil Mellon, an off-duty police sergeant and Darwin publican/crocodile farmer Mick Burns. Mr. Burns was not charged with any offenses.

12.30pm CareFlight helicopter arrives on the scene and transports the pilot to Maningrida where he is transferred to Darwin by plane. 

APRIL 19, 2022 Air Transport Safety Bureau has released initial findings regarding the crash. A full report will be published in the first quarter, 2023. The report shows that the helicopter’s engine was stopped before it hit the ground. There was only 250ml of fuel in both fuel bladders, which were still intact. However, it is possible that fuel may have drained into the nearby creek because the fuel system was damaged by the crash. There were no other signs of mechanical failure, and there was no fire at the site. 

AUGUST 25, 2022 Neil Mellon (father of three), 47, is taken into custody shortly after arriving at Darwin police station. His home is searched by police, who allegedly found illegal wildlife, fireworks, and firearms.

26 AUGUST 20, 2022 Mellon was charged with 31 offenses, including trying to pervert justice and stealing or unlawfully accessing data. The charges include weapons, firearms and wildlife crimes, as well the destruction of evidence related to major crashes investigations.

Later the same day, his wife Sandi, also a serving NT police officer, posts accusations on Facebook, unrelated to the crash, about a former close female friend which were later deleted.

Mellon, who has served 27 years in the police force, is believed to have resigned. 

SEPTEMBER, 2022: Matt Wright (43), Outback Wrangler, Father of Four, moves with Kaia, his pregnant wife, from Darwin to the Gold Coast, Queensland 

SEPTEMBER 20, 2022 Michael Burbridge, a helicopter pilot who was the first to the scene of the tragedy, is being charged in connection to the crash. He He is charged with destroying evidence, conspiring and attempting to pervert justice’s course and making a false statement.

NOVEMBER 28, 2022 Wright is issued an arrest warrant by the NT Police and told that he must present himself at Darwin Police Station within 48 hours in order to face at most six serious charges related to the crash. These charges relate to Wright’s actions prior and post-crash and include allegations that he altered evidence.

NOVEMBER 29, 2022 Wright, his wife Dusty and their baby daughter Dusty check in for the 8.15am flight between Sydney and Darwin. He The afternoon saw him being charged with a series of offenses in connection to the crash.

NOVEMBER 30, 2022 Wright is charged with seven counts in relation to the crash and is granted bail. He will return to Darwin Court on January 25, 2023. 

Wright was charged with trying to pervert justice’s course, destroying evidence, fabricating information, illegally entering buildings, unlawfully residing in a home, making false declarations, and interfering witness testimony during a criminal investigation.

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