Warrant for reality TV star’s arrest

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A warrant has been issued for the arrest of reality television star Matt Wright after a fatal helicopter crash killed his co-star.

Chris “Willow” Wilson, who also starred in Outback Wrangler and Wild Croc Territory, was collecting crocodile eggs in the Northern Territory on February 28 when the helicopter he was in crashed, killing Mr Wilson and leaving a second man badly injured.

Police are expected to charge Mr Wright, 43, with several offences, including perverting the course of justice, destruction of evidence, fabricating evidence, interfering with witnesses and two counts of unlawful entry.

A warrant has been issued for reality TV star Matt Wright. Picture: SuppliedA warrant has been issued for reality TV star Matt Wright. Picture: Supplied

It’s understood Mr Wright – who has been living in Queensland – has been told to attend a police station in Darwin by Wednesday, where police will formally charge him.

The warrant was issued after a police investigation running more than six months.

Mr Wilson was collecting crocodile eggs in a remote area of West Arnhem Land when the helicopter he was travelling in crashed on February 28.

Helicopter pilot Sebastian Robinson also suffered serious spinal injuries in the crash.

Mr Wright flew to the scene in another helicopter with three other people.

A six-month police investigation into the chopper crash that killed Chris “Willow” Wilson. Picture: SuppliedA six-month police investigation into the chopper crash that killed Chris “Willow” Wilson. Picture: SuppliedMr Wilson was collecting crocodile eggs in a remote area of West Arnhem Land. Picture: SuppliedMr Wilson was collecting crocodile eggs in a remote area of West Arnhem Land. Picture: Supplied

Two of those people – pilot Michael Burbidge and police officer Neil Mellon – have since been charged with a number of offences, including destroying evidence.

Both remain before the courts.

The helicopter involved in the crash had been used by Mr Wright’s company, Helibrook, for scenic and adventure tours in the Top End as well as crocodile egg harvesting between 2020 and 2022.

Matt Wright was one of the first people on the scene of the crash. Picture: InstagramMatt Wright was one of the first people on the scene of the crash. Picture: Instagram

In the days after the crash, Mr Wright shared a heartfelt tribute on social media to the man he called a “brother”.

“Willow you truly were an amazing person – a father every kid would wish for, a husband every man would aspire to be, a son to be proud of and a mate that’s a brother,” he captioned a series of images shared with his 510K Instagram followers on March 11.

“You have left an incredible legacy – you achieved so much, impacted those around you for the better and created adventures that showed everyone how to best spend our time here.”

Kaia Wright welcomed daughter Dusty Faith Wright into the family on 18 Nov. Picture: InstagramKaia Wright welcomed daughter Dusty Faith Wright into the family on 18 Nov. Picture: Instagram

He said he was grateful Mr Wilson’s family would be able to keep his memory close by watching episodes of their television work.

“Mate, you were made for TV, a natural charisma and way with words that lit up the screen and made our shows what they are,” he said.

“I’m grateful Dani and the boys will be able to watch you and your adventures forever.”

Skydivers brought down a giant flag bearing Mr Wilson’s family at his funeral in March. Picture: Glenn CampbellSkydivers brought down a giant flag bearing Mr Wilson’s family at his funeral in March. Picture: Glenn Campbell

Mr Wright’s wife, Kaia, gave birth to the couple’s second child, a daughter named Dusty Faith, on November 18.

“Willow – how grateful I am that you and @mattwright found each other in this lifetime to play together,” she wrote in a tribute to Mr Wilson in March.

“Thank you for being an awesome uncle to Banjo, he loved his Wiwow and thank you for answering every single one of my calls when I needed advice or to shoot the breeze, you’re the bloody best.”

More to come.

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