Pilot escapes injury after plane crash

Incident response: The recreational aircraft was badly damaged but the pilot flew away. Photo by Rodney Braithwaite

The pilot of a two-seater light aircraft which crashed heavily within the confines of Shepparton Airport on Sunday February 6 was not injured.

Fire, ambulance, police and the Shepparton search and rescue team responded to the incident at 10.30am.

At the scene: Emergency services responded to reports of a plane crash at 10:27 a.m. Photo by Rodney Braithwaite

Despite the obvious damage to the plane, the pilot was able to extract himself.

An Ambulance Victoria spokesperson confirmed one person was treated at the scene for shock but did not need to be taken to hospital.

In a statement, the Australian Transport Safety Board said it received a report on Sunday morning of a take-off accident involving a two-seater Arion Lightning light sport aircraft at Shepparton Airport.

“The aircraft was substantially damaged in the crash, but the only pilot on board was uninjured,” the spokesperson said.

“As the accident involved a recreational category aircraft registered with the self-governing body for ultra-light, recreational and light sport aircraft in Australia, Recreational Aviation Australia, any investigation into the accident would be conducted by RAAus and not by the ATSB.”

“As such, the ATSB has no further information about the circumstances of the crash.”

RAAus chief executive Matthew Bouttell said the incident would be investigated.

“The pilot is fine, he’s fine,” he said.

“We will look into what happened and see if there are any lessons to be learned.”

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