Waterbomber helicopter 'chartered from Illawarra' crashes during bushfire battle

The chopper went down by the Crawford River on Saturday. Photo: Nine News
The chopper went down by the Crawford River on Saturday. Photo: Nine News

A male pilot has escaped serious injury after a waterbomber helicopter crashed north of Newcastle.

A Nine News video shows the chopper bearing the logo of Touchdown Helicopters, a privately owned charter company based at Shellharbour Airport in Albion Park Rail.

The helicopter was fighting a blaze at Jarrah Road, Girvan, on the Mid-North Coast.

The man, who was the only person on board, was taken to John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle as a precaution after a hard landing at Crawford River on Saturday.

Touchdown Helicopters was contacted for comment.

With AAP