Heroic res­cue in deep bush

Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE -

A PI­LOT is lucky to be alive af­ter his light plane crashed in dense bush­land near Mun­dub­bera on Tues­day.

The man’s plane crashed en route to Bund­aberg, leav­ing a wing torn off along with other ex­ten­sive dam­age.

The man, in his 60s, es­caped se­ri­ous in­jury and was taken to hos­pi­tal by road, af­ter LifeF­light crews as­sessed him.

A 62-YEAR-OLD West Aus­tralian man is lucky to be alive af­ter his light plane crashed in re­mote bush­land south­west of Mun­dub­bera on Tues­day.

RACQ LifeF­light Res­cue he­li­copter pi­lot Peter Mar­ris said the man was lucky to have walked away from the crash.

“One of the plane’s wings was com­pletely torn off in the crash, it’s amaz­ing that he wasn’t more badly in­jured,” he said.

The Bund­aberg-based RACQ LifeF­light Res­cue he­li­copter was called to the Auburn State For­est just af­ter 9.30am, af­ter the Jabiru re­port­edly suf­fered en­gine fail­ure and crashed into dense for­est. The pi­lot was the sole oc­cu­pant.

Au­thor­i­ties were able to eas­ily lo­cate the crash site thanks to an ac­ti­vated EPIRB.

When the res­cue chop­per ar­rived at the scene, RACQ LifeF­light Res­cue’s QAS para­medic was winched down to the pi­lot.

Fol­low­ing as­sess­ment, it was de­cided the pi­lot could be taken to hos­pi­tal by road.

❝ One of the plane’s wings was com­pletely torn off in the crash. — Peter Mar­ris

PHOTO: RACQ LIFEF­LIGHT

PHOTO: RACQ LIFEF­LIGHT

PLANE CRASH: The pi­lot of this light air­plane is lucky to be alive.

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