23 September 2019

Pilot’s “miracle” escape from plane crash near Bungendore

| Glynis Quinlan
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The two-seater Piper Tomahawk crashed north of Bungendore on the weekend. Photos: Queanbeyan Fire and Rescue Facebook site.

A 49-year-old pilot’s escape from the crash of a two-seater plane near Bungendore on the weekend has been hailed as “nothing short of a miracle”.

Emergency services were called to the crash site at a private property on Currandooley Road, north of Bungendore, about 11.20 am on Saturday (23 February) where they found that the pilot had already removed himself from the smashed plane.

“The pilot got himself out which looking at the scene is nothing short of a miracle,” said the Bungendore Rural Fire Service in a Facebook post (shown below).

A NSW Police spokesperson said it is believed the aircraft, a Piper Tomahawk, had taken off from a private property when it was forced to make an emergency landing.

“The aircraft landed in a paddock on another private property on Currandooley Road,” the police spokesperson said.

“The 49-year-old male pilot was taken to Queanbeyan Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.”

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority said the plane crashed after clipping a tree.

A NSW Ambulance spokeswoman said that three ambulances arrived at the scene after being called around midday and found the pilot walking around.

“He’s very lucky,” she said.

The spokeswoman said the pilot was transported to Queanbeyan Hospital where he was treated for a chest injury, as well as suspected head and hand injuries.

A Civil Aviation Safety Authority spokesman told Region Media that the plane crashed after clipping a tree.

Queanbeyan Fire & Rescue also attended the crash and said in a Facebook post that around 20 litres of aviation fuel were spilt in the accident in which the pilot “was able to self-extricate before the arrival of emergency services with minor injuries”.

A spokesperson for the Australian Transport Safety Bureau told Region Media that the plane crash has been reported to the bureau and it is in the process of gathering further information before making a decision about whether a formal investigation will be conducted.

Original Article published by Glynis Quinlan on The RiotACT.

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