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Pilot has "minor scratches" from ultralight plane crash

Scene of an ultralight aircraft crash at Broadwater Beach earlier today
Scene of an ultralight aircraft crash at Broadwater Beach earlier today Mark Stapleberg

LATEST 1PM:

THE two seater Brumby ultralight plane that crashed on Broadwater beach this morning was flying to Mullumbimby after undergoing repairs at Bagotville.

Piloted by Don Matthews, the aircraft reportedly lost engine power over Broadwater, after taking off from a private airstrip at Bagotville this morning.

Speaking from the scene, Mr Matthew's wife said her husband was shaken, but only suffered a minor cut to his leg.

She said her husband purchased the plane about two years ago, and had only flown for about 50 hours in the aircraft.   When Mr Matthews realized he was experiencing engine difficulties he attempted to land the plane on Broadwater Beach.

As he was touching down on the sand, a wave reportedly flipped the aircraft onto its roof, trapping Mr Matthews, who is in his 80's.

A woman who spotted the wreckage on the beach managed to free Mr Matthews before she called triple-0 to report the incident.

Representatives from Recreational Aviation Australia RAA attended the scene to examine the wreckage.

Firefighters and RAA members assisted Mr Matthews to flip the plane onto its damaged landing gear at about 12.30pm so it can be removed from the beach.

UPDATE Noon.

The wreckage of an ultralight aircraft that crashed on Broadwater beach this morning remains upside down on the sand after the pilot walked away without serious injuries.

A NSW RFS spokesman said brigades from Wardell and Broadwater, along with NSW Fire and Rescue fire fighters are at the scene waiting for police to confirm they can remove the wreckage.

Police have been communicating with the Civil Aviation Safety Authority about the incident.

No leakages from the wreckage have been reported by Rural Fire Service volunteers.

A NSW Ambulance spokesman said paramedics treated the male pilot at the scene for a minor laceration to his leg.

The pilot was not required to be taken to hospital for treatment.

The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter was on its way to Ballina Hospital to transport a patient to the Gold Coast Hospital when it was tasked to the incident, but then stood down.

 

UPDATE 11.30am

The pilot of an ultralight that crashed at Broadwater this morning has survived with minor injuries.  

The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter has been stood down from its recent tasking to a beach near the Broadwater area where there have been reports that a ultralight has crash landed.   

The patient only had minor scratches and was otherwise OK.  

 

INITIAL REPORT:

EMERGENCY services are responding to reports of an ultra light aircraft that has crashed on Broadwater Beach.

When a triple-0 call reported the crash just before 10.15 am, police, paramedics and rescue services were dispatched.

A NSW Ambulance spokesman said paramedics were called to Broadwater Evans Head Rd at 10.15 am following reports of an aircraft crash on Broadwater Beach.

Initial reports suggest the pilot is out of the aircraft and is not suffering any serious injuries.

Rural Fire Service brigades from Wardell and Woodburn are on their way to the scene.

The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter has been tasked to attend the incident.

More details as they come to hand.

Topics:  broadwater emergency serivces plane crash police



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