Two dead after light plane crashes next to busy highway in NSW

TWO people have been killed after a light plane from Queensland crashed next to the Pacific Highway on the NSW Mid North Coast.

Police said the two-engine Cessna came down in bushland at Taree, around 4km north of Johns River, at around four o’clock on Saturday afternoon.

The small aircraft came dangerously close to wiping out traffic on the Pacific Highway before plunging into trees just metres from what is one of the busiest highway’s in Australia.


Emergency services raced to the scene but there was nothing they could do to save those on board.

Police said crews arrived to find two people, a pilot and a passenger, deceased in the wreckage.

It’s understood the plane had taken off from Toowoomba, on Queensland’s Darling Downs.

Authorities say the situation could have been much worse had the aircraft come down on the highway.

The crash site has been declared a crime scene and is this afternoon being examined by forensic officers.

The Australian Transportation Safety Bureau is investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident.

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