Plane hits power lines and crashes near Bowenville, Queensland: Pilot dead


Pilot is killed after his plane slammed into power lines leaving the aircraft tangled in electrical wires and hampering rescue efforts

  • A pilot has died after a ultralight plane struck power lines in rural Queensland
  • The plane got tangled in power lines before landing in a paddock in Bowenville 
  • Emergency crews had to wait for confirmation that the power lines were off

A pilot has died after his ultralight aircraft struck power lines before crash landing in a paddock in a rural Queensland town.

Fire and ambulance crews reported to the location at Bowenville, near Toowoomba, around 2.20pm on Sunday.

The single-seat aircraft was reportedly tangled in electrical wires and upside down with rescue efforts hampered by the potential danger to emergency responders. 

A pilot has died after his ultralight aircraft struck power lines before landing in a paddock in Bowenville, Queensland

A pilot has died after his ultralight aircraft struck power lines before landing in a paddock in Bowenville, Queensland

Queensland Police confirmed the pilot, a man aged in his 60s, died at the scene.

There were no other occupants onboard the recreational flight.

Emergency crews had to wait for confirmation from energy provider Ergon Energy that the active lines around the plane had been switched off before they could gain access to the aircraft.

Queensland Ambulance posted at the time: ‘Multiple paramedic crews are on scene at a small aircraft crash 20 minutes outside Oakey at 2.18pm.’ 

Police and aviation authorities are investigating the crash.  

Queensland Police said that the Forensic Crash Unit, working alongside Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA), Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB), and Recreational Aviation Australia (RAA) will prepare a report for the Coroner.

Fire and ambulance crews reported to the scene of the crash around 2:20pm. They had to wait for confirmation the power lines around the plane were off before they could access it

Fire and ambulance crews reported to the scene of the crash around 2:20pm. They had to wait for confirmation the power lines around the plane were off before they could access it 

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