Pilot dead as fallen power line hampers efforts to rescue remaining survivors of a plane crash
- A pilot has died after a ultralight plane struck power lines in rural Queensland
- The plane got tangled in power lines before landing in a paddock in Bowenville
- Emergency crews had to wait for confirmation that the power lines were off
A pilot has died after his ultralight aircraft struck power lines before crash landing in a paddock in a rural Queensland town.
Fire and ambulance crews reported to the location at Bowenville, near Toowoomba, around 2.20pm on Sunday.
The plane was reportedly tangled in electrical wires and upside down.
A pilot has died after his ultralight aircraft struck power lines before landing in a paddock in Bowenville, Queensland
It’s been confirmed by Queensland Police the pilot, a man aged in his 60s, died at the scene.
It is unknown if there were other occupants inside the plane at the time of the crash.
Emergency crews had to wait for confirmation from energy provider Ergon Energy that the active lines around the plane had been switched off before they could gain access to the aircraft.
Queensland Ambulance posted at the time: ‘Multiple paramedic crews are on scene at a small aircraft crash 20 minutes outside Oakey at 2.18pm.’
Police and aviation authorities are investigating the crash.
Queensland Police said that the Forensic Crash Unit, working alongside Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA), Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB), and Recreational Aviation Australia (RAA) will prepare a report for the Coroner.
More to come
Fire and ambulance crews reported to the scene of the crash around 2:20pm. They had to wait for confirmation the power lines around the plane were off before they could access it