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Caloundra plane crash pilot in serious condition

UPDATE 3.45PM: The pilot of a light aircraft that crashed at Caloundra Aerodrome with three passengers on board suffered multi-trauma injuries.

The 49-year-old man and his three passengers, now confirmed to be two women and one man, were part of a joyride flight group which took off from Jacobs Well, about 40km north of the Gold Coast.

The pilot's injuries were critical and he was flown to the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital.

The wreckage of a light plane that crashed at Caloundra Aerodrome.
The wreckage of a light plane that crashed at Caloundra Aerodrome. Courtesy RACQ LifeFlight Rescue

The male passenger's condition has been described as serious, and he is being treated at Sunshine Coast University Hospital.

The two women suffered minor injuries.

The cause of the crash is being investigated. 

Courtesy RACQ LifeFlight Rescue

Sunshine Coast Council deputy mayor Tim Dwyer said these kinds of incident were rare at the general aviation facility.

"The Caloundra Aerodrome is a safe aerodrome, we've had very few major incidents here," he said.

Courtesy RACQ LifeFlight Rescue

2.15PM UPDATE: The Sling 4 light plane that crashed at Caloundra, injuring three men and a woman, was flying with other aircraft when things went wrong.

The pilot and his three passengers were on a joy flight from Jacobs Well to Caloundra when the plane flipped just short of the runway at Caloundra Aerodrome.

Plane flips at Caloundra airport. Picture: 7News Queensland
Plane flips at Caloundra airport. Picture: 7News Queensland

Sunshine Coast Police District Inspector Matt Wilson could not confirm early reports the aircraft had made two failed attempts at landing before crashing.

"Look it's early days and obviously that'll be subject of the investigation as to the cause of the accident," he said.

"But it would appear that the aircraft may have been in a pattern with a number of other aircraft, a pattern to land, when obviously the landing has gone awry."


The pilot suffered serious, but not life-threatening injuries and was airlifted to the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital.

His passengers, were taken to Sunshine Coast University Hospital. 


1.45PM UPDATE: A 49-year-old pilot has been taken to Royal Brisbane Hospital in a serious condition after a light plane crash at Caloundra. 

Police say the man and his three passengers, who are believed to be related, were on a joyflight from Jacobs Well when the light aircraft crashed while attempting to land at Caloundra Airport about 11.45am.

Aerial photos showed the Sling 4 plane was extensively damaged in the crash.

Two occupants - a man and a woman - freed themselves from the wreckage.

Emergency crews took more than an hour to free the pilot and a 24-year-old man who were trapped inside the wreckage just short of the runway. 

The pilot has been airlifted to hospital in a serious, but not life-threatening condition.
The pilot has been airlifted to hospital in a serious, but not life-threatening condition. john mccutcheon

Sunshine Coast Police District Inspector Matt Wilson said the airport would remain closed for some time.

"Enquiries are underway to establish the cause of the accident, that includes the Australian Transport Safety Bureau being advised, and we're making the necessary arrangements through our forensic crash officers to investigate the cause of the accident," he said. 

"The situation is under control, there's no risk of fire or explosion and all passengers have been removed from the aircraft."

1PM UPDATE: EMERGENCY crews are working to free two men trapped in the wreckage of a light plane which crashed at Caloundra Airport this morning.

A Queensland Ambulance Service spokesman has confirmed the men, aged about 45 and 24, are trapped by their lower bodies.

Their condition is not known.

Two other occupants of the plane - a man and a woman whose ages are unknown - were able to free themselves from the wreckage shortly after the 11.45am crash.

An ambulance leaves the scene of the light plane crash at Caloundra Airport with two injured people on board.
An ambulance leaves the scene of the light plane crash at Caloundra Airport with two injured people on board. john mccutcheon

They have been taken to hospital with minor injuries.

The QAS spokesman said it was not clear whether the plane was taking off or landing when the crash happened.

The Lifeflight Rescue Helicopter landed near the crash site earlier but left soon after.

A Sunshine Coast Daily team is at the scene but is being kept well back from the crash.

MORE DETAILS AS THEY COME TO HAND


12.45PM UPDATE: UNCONFIRMED reports say at least one person is trapped in a light plane which crash at Caloundra Airport a short time ago.

All emergency services are at the plane which is located at the far end of the runway.

The LifeFlight Rescue Helicopter landed just minutes ago.

A Sunshine Coast Daily team is at the scene but is being kept well back from the crash.


EARLIER: EMERGENCY crews are racing to Caloundra Airport after reports a light plane crash has crashed.

A Police Media spokesman confirmed there had been "some sort of incident" but details were sketchy.

"At this stage we don't know exactly what's happened or if anyone has been injured," he said.

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