Emergency crews were called to a light plane crash at Lismore Airport.
Emergency crews were called to a light plane crash at Lismore Airport.

VIDEO, PHOTOS: Pilot 'incredibly lucky' to escape crash

UPDATE, 3.10pm: THE cause of a light plane crash at Lismore Regional Airport today will be investigated by the safety authorities.

A Civil Aviation Safety Association (CASA) spokesman said while the incident seemed to be minor, both CASA and The Australian Transport Safety Bureau will investigate the cause of the crash.

He said The Australian Transport Safety Bureau will assess the information first and then CASA will determine from their own investigation whether any legal or regulatory action needs to be taken.

However, the CASA spokesman said "given how minor" the crash was, he expected the investigation to be quick.

Fire and Rescue Lismore Station Office Fraser Hindry said the pilot was fortunate to survive.

Mr Hindry said the police were at the scene when his crews arrived at Lismore Airfield.

"There was no sign of fire when we got there and the plane was inverted and there was small leak of  fuel so we deployed foam just in case," he said.

"We treated the pilot for any immediate injuries until the ambulance arrived and then the plane was towed."

 

UPDATE, 2.15pm: LISMORE City Council said the airport has reopened after a light plane crash this afternoon.

"A pilot was taken to hospital with minor injuries this afternoon following a light aircraft crash at the Lismore Regional Airport earlier today," a spokesperson said.

"Around lunchtime, a bi-plane landing at the airport was impacted by a cross wind, pushing it off the runway.

"This caused the aircraft to sink in soft soil and flip.

"Emergency services attended the scene and the pilot was immediately taken to hospital.

"The aircraft has been removed from the site and the Lismore Regional Airport has now reopened."
 

 

UPDATE, 1.45pm: PARAMEDICS have said a pilot is "incredibly lucky" to escape a plane crash today with only minor injuries.

Just after 12pm today, NSW Ambulance responded to reports of a plane crash at the Lismore Airport.

Two crews were dispatched to the scene and on arrival, paramedics treated a man for minor head and arm lacerations.

He  was taken to Lismore Base Hospital in a stable condition.

NSW Ambulance duty operations manager, Inspector Greg Powell, said the male pilot was the sole occupant in the plane.

"This man is incredibly lucky to only escape with minor injuries."

 

UPDATE, 1.30pm: A PILOT has had a lucky escape after he crashed his light plane at the Lismore Airport this afternoon.

The man was treated at the scene by paramedics and taken to Lismore Base Hospital for further treatment.

It is understood the aircraft was a home-built Wichawk biplane with a single propeller and four-cylinder engine.

A pilot has crashed a light plane at the Lismore airport.
A pilot has crashed a light plane at the Lismore airport. Alison Paterson

UPDATE, 1.05pm: A MAN has been transported to Lismore Base Hospital by paramedics following a light plane crash this afternoon.

A NSW Ambulance spokesman confirmed the man, who was the pilot, was the single occupant of the plane.

More information to come.

 

Original story: A PILOT is being treated for head injuries following a light aeroplane crash this afternoon in Lismore.

A NSW Ambulance spokesman said crews were called shortly after 12.10pm to Lismore Regional Airport.

A light plane has crashed at the Lismore Airport.
A light plane has crashed at the Lismore Airport. Alison Paterson

"There were reports there was one patient with a laceration to the head," he said.

The spokesman confirmed the patient was the pilot.

More information to come.

 


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