Young pilot killed in a crop dusting plane crash aged only in his 30s is mourned
- Crop duster crashed into the paddock it was due to spray on Monday afternoon
- Authorities are investigating a bird strike as the possible cause of the accident
- Emergency crews rushed to scene of the crash, but were unable to save the pilot
A young pilot killed in a crop duster plane crash after a possible birdstrike has been mourned by his small community.
Tom Grey, aged in jhis 30s, was flying in Chinchilla on Queensland‘s western Darling Downs when his plane lost altitude and crashed into a field.
Emergency crews rushed to the scene, arriving at 12.20pm, but were unable to save him.
Many in the Western Downs community of Mungindi took to social media to remember the young pilot.
‘Too young, too soon, RIP, sending condolences and blessings to his friends and family,’ Debra Green wrote online.
Tom Grey, who died in a crop duster plane crash in Queensland on Monday, is pictured with his dog
‘How sad on my trips into Dalby I have watched the crop dusters flying over paddocks. Prayers for his family,’ Kay Balnaves added.
Karen Bruggemann expressed her ‘deepest sympathy to all, very sad’.
Mr Grey was contracted to spray the field he crashed in and had herbicide on board his plane at the time.
‘The plane was reported missing by the owner of the plane and a farmer arrived on scene and found the pilot,’ Queensland Fire and Emergency Services said.
Investigators are looking into whether a bird strike was to blame for the crash after feathers were found in Mr Grey’s cockpit and dead birds were lying nearby.
The Forensic Crash Unit and Australian Transport Safety Bureau are jointly investigating the crash and will prepare a report for the state coroner.
The late Tom Grey (left) is pictured with friend Hollie Bryant. Mr Grey died in a plane crash on Monday