Emergency crews race to light plane crash in Qld

UPDATE @ 3.00pm: One person has reportedly died and three people have been taken to hospital after a tourist plane crashed on a beach in central Queensland this morning.

The plane, believed to be a four seat single-engine Cessna 172, crash landed near Middle Creek Road at Middle Island about 10.45am AEST.

Four people, including two men and two women were on board the plane at the time of the accident.


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Of the four passengers on the plane, one person has reportedly died, with three others transported to hospitals in Bundaberg and Rockhampton.

Two are in a serious condition, with one in a stable condition.

The area the plane went down in is not easily accessible via road, with most resources having to be sent via helicopter, QAS Rockhampton communications manager Mindy Thomas said.

The crash was reported by another tourist aircraft that witnessed the plane go down.

Multiple emergency crews including police, paramedics, two helicopters, and lifeguards were tasked to the scene.

EARLIER @ 12.05pm: A light plane used for tourist flights has crashed on a Queensland beach near the town of 1770.

Emergency crews including police, paramedics, fire & rescue,  two helicopters, and lifeguards have been tasked to the scene at Middle Island.

Four people, including two men and two women were on board the plane at the time of the accident. Their conditions are not yet known.

The area the plane has gone down in is not easy accessible via road, with most resources currently being sent via helicopter.

A spokesperson said it will be a number of hours before all patients are safely extracted from the scene.

The emergency was reported by another aircraft who witnessed the plane, believed to be a four seat single-engine Cessna 172 go down.

According to the Central Queensland Plane Spotting Blog, the “aircraft reportedly has a broken wing and is sitting upside-down”.