Skydivers survive crash
SEVEN male passengers on board Adrenaline Skydiving took a skydive of a different kind yesterday when their Cessna 206 light aircraft went down at Golding Point (Wiggin’s Island) in Gladstone.
A mayday call was made three minutes and three and a half kilometres after leaving the Gladstone Airport at 10.40am.
Australian Helicopters answered the call for mayday and their Gladstone-based AS350 “Squirrel” aircraft was in charge of the search and retrieval of passengers.
Passengers sustained only minor injuries and were transported to Gladstone Hospital for observation.
Acting Inspector Mike Dixon said that the aircraft had made a forced landing into a tree surrounded by mangroves and marsh at Golding Point.
“There was significant damage to the aircraft which came down quick to make a crash landing,” Acting Inspector Dixon said.
“The passengers were airlifted to Gladstone Airport by helicopter but there were no serious injuries.”
On ambulance arrival six passengers were transported to the Gladstone Hospital while one declined to go.
An ambulance spokesperson said the pilot received facial injuries around his nose while the passenger in the next seat sustained lumbar pain.
The other five passengers had no injuries.
As of 5pm yesterday afternoon Queensland Health reported all of the passengers were doing well, five had gone home while one would remain overnight.
“All passengers are in a good condition. One has been admitted and will stay overnight but is in a stable condition,” A spokesperson for Queensland Health said.
The crash site was closed off shortly after the crash and no access was allowed to Golding Point for 12 hours prior to the incident.
An Australian Transport Safety Bureau spokesman said the bureau would conduct an office-based investigation into the accident. When contacted by The Observer yesterday a representative from Adrenaline Skydiving would not comment.