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Crash on QLD Beach

Old 10th Jan 2017, 23:44
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Crash on QLD Beach

A WOMAN aged in her 20s died, and three others were seriously injured, when a tourist plane crashed into a Central Queensland beach on Tuesday morning.
The passengers were on a joy flight in the light aircraft when it crashed onto the beach on remote Middle Island, north of the tourist town 1770, just before 11am local time.
Passengers in a second tourist plane travelling in tandem with the one that crashed witnessed the fatal plummet and alerted emergency services.
Paramedics could not get to the hard-to-access area by ground and had to be flown in to treat the injured.
The woman, aged in her 20s, suffered critical injuries and died at the scene.
Another woman suffered head and leg injuries, while two men on board suffered lower leg fractures and cuts to the head.
Rescue helicopters flew two patients to Rockhampton for treatment and one to Bundaberg.
A Queensland Ambulance Service spokeswoman said two were listed as in a serious condition, while a third was stable.

QAS spokeswoman Mindy Thomas said the second tourist plane landed on the beach and phoned emergency services after witnessing the crash..

“Middle Island is not easily accessible by road, so most resources were sent by helicopter,” she said.
Ms Thomas said the rescue mission had been expected to take hours.
“It will be a number of hours before all patients are safely extricated,” she said.
“There are a number of bystanders from the second plane to be extricated as well.”
It is not yet known what caused the light plane to plummet to the ground.
According to the Central Queensland plane spotting blog, the aircraft has a broken wing and landed on its roof.
The blog described it as a Wyndham Aviation Cessna 172 VH-WTQ.
Middle Island is located on the Queensland coast, about half way between Bundaberg and Gladstone.
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