Outback Wrangler star Matt Wright is charged over the chopper crash that killed his mate after presenting himself to cops amid a tense media scrum

  • ‘Outback Wrangler’ Matt Wright has been charged over fatal NT helicopter crash
  • Wright has had a number of successful television series on different networks  
  • His mate and co-star Chris ‘Willow’ Wilson died in the crash in Arnhem Land 
  • A second helicopter with Wright on board immediately flew to the crash site 
  • The charges include fabricating evidence and interfering with witnesses

Outback Wrangler star Matt Wright has had his bail amended after being charged in relation to an alleged conspiracy surrounding the fatal chopper crash which claimed his mate’s life. 

Matthew Nicholas Wright was supported by his legal team and a woman as he walked into Darwin Local Court flanked by a large press pack. 

The 43-year-old reality television star faces seven charges in relation to the helicopter crash which claimed the life of his friend, Chris “Willow” Wilson.

The 34-year-old father and fellow Outback Wrangler star was killed during a crocodile egg collecting expedition along King River in a remote area of West Arnhem Land.

Mr Wilson was dangling from a sling when the helicopter crashed on February 28.

Police have alleged Wright was part of a conspiracy to cover up evidence in relation to the fatal crash.

The charges include attempt to pervert the course of justice, destroy evidence, fabricate evidence, unlawful entry of a building and a dwelling, make a false declaration, and threats/reprisals to interfere with witnesses.

Police said he was bailed to appear in Darwin Local Court at 9.30am tomorrow.

His bail conditions mean he has to reside at a particular address and isn’t allowed to contact certain people.

Northern Territory Police issued a warrant for Wright’s arrest on Monday as a result of the ongoing investigation into the chopper crash. He flew with his family from Sydney today.

A spokesperson for Wright said the reality star “strenuously denies any wrongdoing”.

“What happened was a tragic accident that took the life of a close mate,” the spokesperson said.

“His immediate concern following the accident was the condition of the two team members on board at the time.

“The next priority was ensuring the other helicopters and team members at the site weren’t at risk and that the location was safe.”

The spokesperson added that Wright won’t be making any further statements and will “vigorously” defend the charges.

Decorated police officer Neil Mellon and helicopter pilot Michael Burbidge have also been charged in relation to the helicopter crash.

The men are charged with a number of offences, including perverting the course of justice.

Burbidge faced court last month and a judge ruled he is prohibited from contacting a number of people, including Wright.

A preliminary Air Transport Safety Bureau report has not identified what exactly caused the crash but the agency has shared information with other partners, w