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Light aircraft crash Leigh Creek

A light aircraft crashed north of the YLEC airfield just on last light this evening. Report of 2 entrapments. At this stage I don't know the type of aircraft or the registration.

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Old 6th Jul 2019, 10:39
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Light plane crash near Leigh Creek

The Advertiser
an hour ago

A light plane has crashed about 1km from the airport at Leigh Creek, in SAís north.
Itís believed two people have sustained injuries.

Ambulances are at the scene.

Peter Thompson, from the Leigh Creek Caravan Park, told The Sunday Mail, he had seen a small plane flying over the town.

ďIt was a bit of a distance away, it looked like a light aircraft, I can see red and blue flashing lights out at the air strip,Ē Mr Thompson said.
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Unfortunately the news is not good. Nothing left of aircraft & 2 deceased. The aircraft was in company with at least one other aircraft. They were having trouble getting the lights on, & I had been communicating with the pilot of the one that crashed. Someone did manage to get the lights on, unsure who it was. My husband went out there to activate them but he said he could see they were on before he got there so he turned around & came home.

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Aircraft was a Brumby.

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Last light was around 555pm if Iím not mistaken and there was reports this was at 620pm. Iím just imagining if they were running late and not equipped for NVFR on a black night (most of the time up there) waiting for runway lights to activate. Very bad situation with a terrible outcome.
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More info here. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-07-...north/11286108
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Oh that's dreadful -
Is it me or do others feel a little kick in the guts when we read that fellow aviators have made their last flight?
I only hope that something comes out of this tragedy that others can learn from -
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From the above reference - Re '[color=left=#111111]A temporary air exclusion zone with a one-kilometre radius has been established around the scene.'

I wonder what the circumstances are to establish a 'air exclusion zone'?

How would an overflying aircraft affect the evidence on the ground?
To deter 'ambulance chasers' I can understand, but, having been directly and indirectly involved in a few aircraft accidents over the years, I have not experienced this before.

Any other ideas?[/color]
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Nil wind conditions I calculate had them landing on sunset. Tragic outcome for what could have been a greater than expected headwind.
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Originally Posted by Ex FSO GRIFFO View Post
From the above reference - Re '[COLOR=left=#111111]A temporary air exclusion zone with a one-kilometre radius has been established around the scene.'

I wonder what the circumstances are to establish a 'air exclusion zone'?

How would an overflying aircraft affect the evidence on the ground?
To deter 'ambulance chasers' I can understand, but, having been directly and indirectly involved in a few aircraft accidents over the years, I have not experienced this before.

Any other ideas?[/COLOR]
The exclusion zone is only up to 1000ft so I’d guess it’s to keep the media helicopters from getting too close. It gives the pilots a clear guide when pushed to get closer by the reporters and camera operators. Might also be to keep drones away.
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Originally Posted by Cloudee View Post

The exclusion zone is only up to 1000ft so Iíd guess itís to keep the media helicopters from getting too close. It gives the pilots a clear guide when pushed to get closer by the reporters and camera operators. Might also be to keep drones away.
More likely to keep aircraft way from the drone.
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Originally Posted by Desert Flower View Post
Aircraft was a Brumby.

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What happened to the reported other aircraft DF?
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Originally Posted by kaz3g View Post


More likely to keep aircraft way from the drone.
Yes, the investigators would be using drones these days I suppose.
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Aircraft was a Brumby
Now that there is an oxymoron!
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'air exclusion zone'
Methinks somebody has seen "top Gun" too many times and remembered what sounded like 'flyer talk" even though they don't know what it might mean.

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Sadly, one could drive a bus through the holes in the Swiss Cheese of this one and similar accidents.
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Originally Posted by Capt Fathom View Post

Now that there is an oxymoron!
What are you implying Capt Fathom ?


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"Air Exclusion Zone" is a common police term.
"Temporary Restricted Area" is the aviation term for same thing.

Not uncommon for one to be declared for aircraft crashes and other major incidents, particularly where fatalities are involved. Helicopter downwash can disturb evidence and present a hazard - particularly biohazard - to the ground parties, aside from the annoyance presented to them doing a difficult job.

If the media have half decent lenses on their cameras, the small area should not present an issue.

Edit: Per ERSA, Leigh Creek has very specific requirements for night VFR ops.
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Tks Mr Cloudee and Kaz,

Ah yes the drones....the 'new' aerial photo vehicle.

Tks Gents...….or Gentesses...just in case....
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Originally Posted by Squawk7700 View Post

Last light was around 555pm if Iím not mistaken and there was reports this was at 620pm. Iím just imagining if they were running late and not equipped for NVFR on a black night (most of the time up there) waiting for runway lights to activate. Very bad situation with a terrible outcome.
Yes last light was 5.55PM. I'm not sure what time it was when I started speaking with the pilot, however I'm guessing it would have been around that time or maybe a bit after. He was flying around for a good ten minutes at least before my son who I had just handed the radio to as I turned to go back inside said oh s**t mum he's just declared a mayday. My CFS/MFS pager went off at 18.27PM with details of the incident. But the thing is the lights WERE on, as witnessed by my husband who drove part way out to the airport & also by my son who could see the beacon flash over the top of the hills.
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