Heroic rescue in deep bush
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
PLANE CRASH: The pilot of this light airplane is lucky to be alive.