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Pilot dead in CQ plane crash, investigation to take weeks

Emergency services respond to an air vehicle crash near Knockrow off Martin's Lane earlier this week. A second plane crash in Central Queensland has today killed a pilot
Emergency services respond to an air vehicle crash near Knockrow off Martin's Lane earlier this week. A second plane crash in Central Queensland has today killed a pilot Marc Stapelberg

IT COULD be six weeks before there is any real idea of why a light aircraft crashed in Central Queensland, killing the pilot and sole occupant

Police were told of plane coming down in Wooderson, near Calliope, south-west of Gladstone.

They arrived on the scene first, finding a mangled aircraft and a grass fire sparked by the plane hitting the ground.

Three fire engines dispatched by Queensland Fire and Emergency Services arrived soon after, bringing the small blaze quickly under control.

The pilot was believed to have been flying a "Savannah" but this is yet to be verified.

Officers at the scene said a man was killed in the crash just before 10.30am.

Police confirmed the same in a press release at 11.14am.

The crash will now be investigated by Recreational Aviation Australia.

RAA chief executive Michael Linke told APN information was already hard to gather "because the wreckage is so badly damaged".

"At this stage, our information is that there has been one fatality as a result of this crash.

"In this case it will be difficult because there is additional fire damage.

"We'll look at the history of the plane.

"We have records of all planes in our system.

"From there, we'll try to build a case around what caused the incident to happen."

The work of the RAA will also aid a coronial investigation now under way by Queensland Police.

The Wooderson crash is the second serious light aircraft incident this week.

The plane that crashed at Knockrow on Monday morning. Photo Contributed Ballina Aero Club
The plane that crashed at Knockrow on Monday morning. Photo Contributed Ballina Aero Club Contributed

On Monday, a plane came down at a private runway at Knockrow in northern New South Wales, trapping 73-year-old pilot Ian Byrne.

The Ballina man was upside down and unconscious as the Rural Fire Service worked to free him from the wreckage.

Mr Byrne is now in a critical but stable condition at Gold Coast University Hospital.

Mr Linke said "it's been a difficult week" but stressed that RAA oversees 3500 aircrafts across the country which make 300,000 landings per year.

 

One dead as plane crashed west of Calliope and causes fire

10.25am: POLICE have confirmed that a man has died in the light aircraft crash 20kms west of Calliope.

The crash started a small grass fire but firies have that under control.

Emergency services say it was a light plane, single engine.

9.10am: EMERGENCY service crews are responding to reports of a plane crash at Wooderson, 20km west of Calliope.

Initial reports suggest the plane has crashed near Potters Road, off Dawson Highway, near Catfish Creek.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Service has dispatched three fire trucks to the scene -- they are yet to arrive.

Police received the call just after 9am.

Emergency services are yet to confirm how many people were inside the plane or the nature of any injuries.

Reports from the scene suggest the crash has sparked a bush fire.

These are yet to be confirmed

This is the second light aircraft crash in less than a week.

On Monday, a plane came down at a private runway at Knockrow in northern New South Wales, trapping 73-year-old pilot Ian Byrne.

The Ballina man was upside down and unconscious as the Rural Fire Service worked to free him from the wreckage.

Mr Byrne is now in a critical but stable condition at Gold Coast University Hospital.

More to come

 

Topics:  calliope



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