Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Three people killed in Angel Flight crash

A plane that crashed and killed three people in South Australia this morning was on an Angel Flight * mission carrying a high school student.
A 16-year-old female student from Grant High School was on board the plane when it came down in a field in Suttontown, near Mount Gambier.
She was being taken by Angel Flight for specialist medical treatment.
The Mt Gambier student was accompanied on the flight by a 43-year-old woman, who is believed to be her mother.
The plane, a Tobago TB10, which came down about 10.30am also claimed the life of the 78 yr old pilot Grant Gilbert — a regular volunteer pilot for Angel Flight.
Records show he became the licence holder and operator of the 25-year-old single-engine plane in February 2014, using it predominantly for trips between Adelaide, Mount Gambier, Port Lincoln and Murray Bridge. It is confirmed the plane had not been in the air long before it crashed.
The weather in Mount Gambier this morning was “foggy, cold and wet”.

It is the second fatal light-plane crash in South Australia in two months, with three people dying in a crash in Renmark in late May.

* Angel Flight is a charity which coordinates non-emergency flights to assist country people to access specialist medical treatment that would otherwise be unavailable to them because of vast distance and high travel costs.
All flights are free and may involve travel to medical facilities anywhere in Australia.

Aircraft Information

Aircraft: Socata TB-10 Tobago
Operator: Private
Registration: VH-YTM
Serial Number: 1518
Engine:  Textron Lycoming
First Flew: 11th March 1993
Age: 24 yrs old
Test Registration: 

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