29 September 2020

Lucky escape for pilot in Cootamundra light plane crash

| Hannah Sparks
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Emergency services crew at scene of light plane crash in a Cootamundra paddock.

Emergency services crew at the scene of a light plane crash in Cootamundra on Monday, 28 September. Photo: Fire and Rescue NSW.

A pilot in a light plane who collided with power lines in a Cootamundra paddock on Monday, 28 September, has had a lucky escape, walking away without major injury.

Officers from Riverina Police District, paramedics from NSW Ambulance, and members of the NSW Rural Fire Service and Fire and Rescue NSW were called to the paddock on Lismore Road following reports of a plane crash at around 2:50 pm.

Wreckage of the light plane crash in a Cootamundra paddock.

The wreckage of the light plane that crashed into a paddock in Cootamundra. Photo: Fire and Rescue NSW.

The 27-year-old pilot from Cootamundra was conducting a crop dusting operation in a Cessna Husky aircraft when the right-wing struck power lines, police were told.

The light plane crashed into the ground, bringing down the power lines.

The pilot sustained only minor scratches and bruises, but was later taken to Cootamundra Hospital for observation.

A crime scene was established and local police are working with Australian Transport Safety Bureau investigators as inquiries into the crash continue.

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After seeing the way the pilot was flying, I am not surprised he crashed. Far too cavalier (yes, I have experience in aviation).

Hi Sharon, were you at the Cootamundra paddock this day?

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