An father and son miraculously have walked away from the wreckage after their helicopter crashed and burst into flames.
The male pilot, Dean Brus, and his son Peter, both escaped with minor injuries, and were transported to Orange Hospital for assessment.
Mr Brus said he had received advice not to comment on the crash.
"Peter and I are OK, that's the main thing," he said on Sunday.
Flying instructor Paul Grimes said he had been giving lessons to Peter Brus on Saturday.
He said the pair were flying home from Orange Regional Airport after the lessons when he received a call from them to say they had crashed.
"They rang me and told me they'd crashed," he said.
"They said 'there will be some activity there shortly. We just crashed the helicopter'.
"We're lucky to get out, the thing's on fire."
Mr Grimes said Dean Brus was flying the five-seater Bell 206 helicopter at the time.
NSW Central West Police District officers confirmed the helicopter that crashed off Hiney Road near Spring Creek on Saturday afternoon was completely destroyed.
Three NSW Ambulance crews responded to the emergency call about 5.30pm.
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau spokesman is investigating.