Wednesday 18 August 2021

Pilot dies in light plane crash north of Brisbane

                                   BREAKING NEWS

The pilot of a light plane that crashed near Bribie Island in south-east Queensland this morning has died, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) has confirmed. Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) said the light plane was found on the western side of the Pumicestone Passage.

The light plane is sitting upside down in mudflats and emergency services are at the scene.

Civil Aviation Safety Authority spokesman Peter Gibson described the plane crash as a tragic accident. He said witnesses saw the plane descending rapidly at about 9.30am before it crashed into the mangroves.

The pilot has been confirmed dead and was the only person on board. Mr Gibson said the plane was "kit built" and likely to be used in aerobatics.

A QFES spokesman said Swiftwater Rescue technicians and police were trying to find a path to the scene through the mangroves at the end of Red Road so that they could recover the wreck.

"Swiftwater Rescue are expecting they might have to cross the mud on foot," he said

"QFES are expecting to need to dismantle the plane wreckage, so they will need to transport cutting equipment in."

Aircraft Information:
Owner / Operator: Private Owner
Aircraft: Amateur Built Acroduster II SA750
Registration: VH-YEL
Serial Number: 02
Year of Manufacture: 1981

The aircraft was one of only a few two-seat Acrodusters in Australia and was being kept at the Caboolture Airfield.


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