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