Brent Acton's fatal helicopter crash attributed to missing self-locking nut

Samantha Campbell
By Samantha Campbell
Updated July 27 2020 - 7:29am, first published July 24 2020 - 4:00am
The wreckage site north west of Cloncurry. Photo: ATSB.

The investigation into a helicopter crash that took the life of Brent Acton in 2017 has closed, with the cause of the accident reported as a missing self-locking nut.


Samantha Campbell

Samantha Campbell

Senior Journalist

Samantha Campbell (nee Walton) has worked for regional and rural publications across News South Wales, Queensland and the Northern Territory and is currently the senior journalist at the North West Star in Mount Isa. Sam enjoys family life on their cattle station with her husband and two kids and competes in local campdraft and rodeo events. Email:

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