An Essential Energy plane has crashed in the Yass Valley near Canberra, killing the pilot and one passenger on board the aircraft.
NSW Police say the fixed-wing Cessna 172 crashed at around 4.30pm in a paddock on a property on Tallagandra Lane, near Sutton.
The plane’s sole occupants, a pilot and one male passenger, died at the scene. Police have not yet released their names.
Essential Energy has confirmed that the pair were performing aerial inspections of powerlines when the fatal crash occurred.
“Essential Energy’s thoughts remain with the families, friends and colleagues of the two people who died,” the company said in a statement this evening.
“Authorities are currently investigating the incident and Essential Energy is providing full support.
“It would not be appropriate for us to provide any further information while the police investigation is underway.”