Pilot critical after Saturday joy flight from the Gold Coast ends in horror crash

UPDATE 5:00 PM | THE pilot of a light plane which crashed on the Sunshine Coast has been airlifted to hospital in a critical condition with horrific “multi-trauma injuries”.

The plane flipped onto its roof after hitting the tarmac at Caloundra Airport shortly before midday on Saturday.

It was on a joy flight and had taken off from Jacobs Well on the northern Gold Coast, around 150km from Caloundra.


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The 49-year-old pilot and a male passenger were trapped in the tangled wreck, while two other passengers – believed to be a male and female – managed to free themselves before emergency crews arrived.

It took rescue crews about an hour and a half to cut the trapped passenger out of the crashed plane and a significantly longer time to free the pilot.

PHOTO: Courtesy RACQ LifeFlight Rescue

The pilot sustained life-threatening multi-trauma injuries, including significant lower limb, chest and head injuries.

He was flown by the LifeFlight Rescue chopper to the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital in a critical condition.

The trapped passenger sustained serious lower limb injuries and was treated by paramedics at the scene before being rushed by ambulance to the Sunshine Coast University Hospital.

The two other male and female passengers escaped serious injury and were assessed by ambulance officers at the scene before being taken to the same hospital for further treatment.

PHOTO: Courtesy RACQ LifeFlight Rescue

UPDATE 1:55 PM | FOUR people have miraculously survived a violent plane crash on the Sunshine Coast.

The small fixed-wing aircraft flipped on landing at Caloundra Airport shortly before midday on Saturday.

Two people were initially trapped in the wreckage, including the pilot, but the pair has since been released.

Four people were on board the plane at the time; three of whom have been taken to Sunshine Coast University Hospital while the pilot has been airlifted to Royal Brisbane & Women’s Hospital.

Of the four occupants, two are believed to have sustained serious injuries, including the pilot.

A Queensland Ambulance spokesperson said seven ambulance units were deployed to treat the injured.

Emergency services remain on the scene on the runway at Caloundra Airport.

UPDATE 12:50 PM | RESCUERS are frantically trying to free a pilot from the wreckage of a light plane which has crash landed at an airport on the Sunshine Coast.

It’s understood four people were on board the light plane when it stalled and flipped onto its roof upon landing at Caloundra Airport shortly before midday on Saturday.

The occupants were initially trapped in the upturned wreck but it’s understood all but the pilot have since been freed.

It’s understood at least two people, including the trapped pilot, have sustained serious injuries.

No further information was available at the time of writing.

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FIRST: TWO people remain trapped in the wreckage of a light plane which has flipped onto its roof upon landing at an airport on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.

It’s believed the light plane stalled and flipped after hitting the tarmac at Caloundra Airport and is now lying upside down on the runway.

Police say a number of passengers have been removed from the wreckage but two people, including a pilot, remain trapped in the upturned aircraft.

Emergency services, including firefighters and paramedics, have swooped on the airport.

Queensland Ambulance says paramedics are treating four people at the scene. Their conditions are not yet known.

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