Pilot dead in crash

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - An­drea Falvo

A MICROLIGHT air­craft that crashed at a pri­vate airstrip near Port Dou­glas, killing the male pilot, has been seized by po­lice for in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

The tragic crash oc­curred at Paddy’s Air Field, Craiglie about 5.30pm on Oc­to­ber 4, when the 66-year-old pilot was be­lieved to have been pre­par­ing to take­off.

Po­lice have re­vealed that sadly the air­craft crashed at the op­pos­ing end of the airstrip and the pilot and sole oc­cu­pant died at the scene.

He has been de­scribed as “a well-liked mem­ber of the Port Dou­glas Mi­cro­light­ing com­mu­nity”.

No one else was in­jured as a re­sult of the in­ci­dent.

Crash in­ves­ti­ga­tor Se­nior Con­sta­ble Stephanie Young said the Hang Glid­ing Fed­er­a­tion of Aus­tralia (HGFA) had been as­sist­ing po­lice with their in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the in­ci­dent, but it could still be some time un­til the cause of the crash was de­ter­mined.

“We were fin­ished up at the site about 1am after the crash and then we’ve towed the air- craft to have it in­spected,” she said.

“We’ve got to have the microlight in­spected so that’s what we’re try­ing to or­gan­ise at the mo­ment. Ba­si­cally to see if it was me­chan­i­cally OK or whether it’s a case of pilot er­ror, we’re just try­ing to fig­ure that all out.”

HGFA Act­ing op­er­a­tions man­ager Peter Allen said upon com­ple­tion of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, the or­gan­i­sa­tion would pre­pare a re­port for the Coro­ner and con­tinue their work to im­prove safety for all mem­bers.

Cairns Foren­sic Crash Unit is also con­tin­u­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tions into a dou­ble fa­tal truck crash near Davies Creek, which oc­curred on Septem­ber 13.

The hor­ror crash claimed the life of In­n­is­fail man Chris Kurzy and a fel­low Blen­ners Trans­port em­ployee who has not yet been iden­ti­fied.

“We’ve iden­ti­fied a cou­ple of ar­eas of con­cern,” Of­fi­cer in charge Sergeant Scott Ezard said. “We’re def­i­nitely get­ting close to what the cause was, but we just need to con­tinue with our in­ves­ti­ga­tion.”

Pic­ture: SUP­PLIED

A still from the short Please Do not Feed the Ducks by Tim Good­win and Pearce Hoskin­son for the Port Shorts Film Fes­ti­val 2018.

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