Lo­cal pi­lot leaves a big splash

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

A LO­CAL pi­lot has nar­rowly es­caped in­jury af­ter crash­ing an ul­tra­light am­phibi­ous plane into the sea off the coast of Bowen on Sun­day morn­ing.

It is be­lieved the pi­lot was at­tempt­ing land­ing prac­tice about 500 me­tres off­shore from Whit­sun­day Shores be­fore plung­ing into the wa­ter about 7.50am.

The plane was dis­cov­ered by a lo­cal fish­er­man, who then pro­ceeded to tow the plane back to shore.

Emer­gency ser­vices and VMR crews at­tended the scene, with VMR mem­bers re­port­ing the plane had no vis­i­ble dam­age.

VMR con­troller on duty Paul Cullen de­scribed the pi­lot af­ter­wards as “very happy.”

“At first I thought it might have been that one of the para­chute com­pa­nies had crashed into the wa­ter, but when we at­tended there was no prob­lems at all,” he said.

“The only thing we did was take the am­bu­lance and po­lice out there.

“I got the binoc­u­lars out and found them straight away. All up it only took about 20 min­utes.”

LUCKY: A pi­lot es­caped in­jury af­ter crash­ing an ul­tra­light am­phibi­ous plane.

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