UPDATE @ 12.10pm: A man has been killed in a light plane crash near Ballina.
The four seater Cessna Skyhawk was enroute to Ballina Airport after taking off from Jacobs Well on the Gold Coast when it came down just before 9.00am.
Local residents in Brooklet at Ballina heard a loud noise and discovered the aircraft had crashed into bushland.
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Police said there was heavy fog in the area at the time and debris was scattered over a large area.
A 71-year-old-man, who was the sole occupant of the aircraft, died at the scene.
NSW Police initially said the aircraft was a helicopter, however have since confirmed that it was, in fact, a light plane.
Investigations are ongoing.
EARLIER @ 10.55am: A man has died in a light plane crash near Ballina this morning.
Around 9.00am, emergency services were called to the suburb of Brooklet following reports a small aircraft had gone down.
It’s not yet known exactly how many people were on board.
Emergency services, including the Westpac Rescue chopper, remain at the scene.
There are no further details available at this time.
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