A MAN and a woman from Queensland have been killed after the light plane they were in crashed in the South Australian desert.
The Brumby 610 light aircraft came down in scrubland north of Leigh Creek Airport, about 540km north of Adelaide, just before 6.30pm on Saturday.
SA Police said the two-seater plane took off from William Creek Airport 2.5 hours earlier and crashed on its approach to the Leigh Creek airport.
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The wreckage was located about 4.5km north-northeast of the airport.
Sadly, the pilot, a 59-year-old man from Greymare on Queensland’s Southern Downs, and his passenger, a 48-year-old woman from Wynham, were killed on impact.
The pair had reportedly been sightseeing at Lake Eyre before heading for Leigh Creek where they were planning to stay the night with friends.
Man and woman confirmed dead in light plane crash at Leigh Creek, SA.
Locals say the pair – from Queensland – was touring the Outback and Lake Eyre.
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Investigators from Recreational Aviation Australia and SA Police are investigating what led to the tragedy.
A temporary air exclusion zone has been established within a one kilometre radius and 1000 foot ceiling.
This is expected to remain in place until 8.30am Monday.
A report will be prepared for the information of the Coroner.