The pilot of an ultralight plane that crashed soon after take-off at Lismore Airport around 9am yesterday morning was a highly experienced pilot and a member of the Lismore Aero Club, police told media yesterday.
Wayne Fisher, 62, is believed to have been testing the new ultralight for the company he owned, Spectrum Aviation.
Mr Fisher had been involved in the manufacture of more than 200 ultralights during his career, local media reported.
He was killed on impact. There was no one else on board at the time.
Acting duty officer, inspector Virginia Szaak of Richmond Local Area Command, told media the plane got about 100 metres into the air before suddenly colliding with the ground.
She added that investigations were continuing into the cause of the crash.
The airport was closed to all air traffic for most of the day yesterday while emergency services and Lismore detectives investigated the crash, assisted by the Aviation Support Branch and aviation specialists.
The airport is operating normally this morning.