A MAN is fighting for his life in hospitl terrifying plane crash near Port Macquarie overnight.
It was dark when the light plane plunged out of the sky over Port Macquarie Airport around 8.30pm.
Authorities were first alerted to the emergency when the pilot of the Diamond DA40 NG activated a distress beacon.
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Following a search of the grounds around the airport, the wreckage of the plane was found 1km away.
It had come down in bushland off Lincoln Park Road.
The pilot, a 25-year-old woman, was found outside the plane with multiple injuries.
Police said the woman was suffering from fractures to her upper arm, pelvis and shoulder, and several lacerations.
She was treated by paramedics at the scene before being rushed by ambulance to Port Macquarie Hospital.
A 25-year-old man remained trapped in the wreckage with life-threatening injuries for some time.
He sustained significant head, chest, arm and leg injuries.
He was winched onto the Westpac Rescue Helicopter and flown to John Hunter Hospital where he remains this afternoon, in a critical condition.
The circumstances surrounding the crash are being investigated by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau.