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Family members of four people killed in a helicopter crash off Port Stephens have slammed the actions of the pilot during an inquest today.

In September 2019, a helicopter crashed and killed the five people on board: pilot David Kerr, Sydney resident Jocelyn Villanueva and her fiancé Greg Miller, as well as Jamie Ogden and Grant Kuhnemann.

The helicopter was a 53-year-old Bell UH1 nicknamed “Huey” and had been restored back to operational capability.

David Kerr the pilot of the helicopter that crashed near Anna Bay in 2019.
David Kerr, the pilot of the helicopter that crashed near Anna Bay in 2019. (Nine / Supplied)

Mr Kerr has been described by friends as a smooth and confident pilot with 1440 hours of experience under his belt on the day of the flight.

But he was not trained to operate the helicopter at night.

A review also found he was taking four types of antidepressant and antipsychotic medication, which he had not told authorities about.

The 53-year-old Bell UH1 helicopter in the 2019 crash near Anna Bay.
The 53-year-old Bell UH1 helicopter. (Nine / Supplied)

“He was on some medication and shouldn’t have been flying,” Darren Ogden, the brother of Jamie Ogden, told 9News.

In a statement read to the inquest, Ms Villanueva’s family said “good people died because of the pilot’s actions”.

Mr Miller’s mother Andrea Kay wants further investigation into the responsibilities of air services.

Jocelyn Villanueva and her fiancé Greg Miller were killed in the 2019 helicopter crash.
Jocelyn Villanueva and her fiancé, Greg Miller, were on board the flight and were killed. (Nine / Supplied)
Jamie Ogden (left) and Grant Kuhnemann (right) were killed in the 2019 helicopter crash near Anna Bay.
Jamie Ogden (left) and Grant Kuhnemann (right) were killed in the crash. (Nine / Supplied)

Mr Ogden told 9News the flight had started with “good intentions”.

“It was all good intentions in the start but unfortunately it didn’t end that way,” Mr Ogden said.

The ill-fated flight took off from Brisbane at 2.25pm after refuelling delays on September 6, 2019.

The helicopter landed in Coffs Harbour around 4pm to refuel.

A warning for severe turbulence had been issued and the light was fading when the pilot made contact with air traffic control at Williamtown at 5.55pm.

A water police vessel during the search for victims of the helicopter crash in 2019. (Supplied)

Just after 6pm, the chopper suddenly veered off course and disappeared off the radar near Anna Bay 13 minutes later.

There was no mayday call.

Despite a massive multi-agency search at the time, only two bodies were ever recovered.

Source: 9News

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