Thursday, April 25, 2024

Lucky escape for 65-year-old pilot

A 65-year-old pilot and his 42-year-old passenger have escaped serious injury after their light plane crashed near Wentworth in the state’s far south-west today.

Just before midday, emergency services were called to Wentworth Aerodrome following reports a plane had crashed into trees on take-off.

“Officers from Barrier Police District attended and located a small aircraft at the northern end of the runway,” NSW Police said in a statement.

“The 65-year-old pilot and his 42-year-old passenger were able to free themselves from the aircraft and met emergency personnel on the runway.”

The plane was located in a flood paddock at the end of the runway.

NSW Ambulance paramedics treated one of the men for a laceration to the head and assessed them both for shock.

Investigations into the circumstances surrounding the crash will be conducted by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB).

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