Lucky escape in ultralight crash

Ultralight plane crash at Broadwater, April 30, 2014. Photo courtesy Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter

Ultralight plane crash at Broadwater, April 30, 2014. Photo courtesy Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter

As this dramatic photograph shows, an ultralight pilot was lucky to survive a dramatic crash landing on Broadwater beach, south of Ballina, yesterday.

The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter was tasked to the beach around 10.30 yesterday after reports of the accident started to surface.

On arrival, the chopper doctor discovered that despite the plane’s landing upside down on the deserted beach, the pilot had suffered only minor cuts and bruises.

The helicopter was re-tasked to perform an urgent hospital transfer from the Ballina Hospital to the Gold Coast Hospital, leaving the pilot to organise salvage of his plane.

But crew were able to snap this impressive aerial photo of the downed plane as they were leaving the scene.


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2 responses to “Lucky escape in ultralight crash”

  1. Len Heggarty says:

    An ultralight pilot flipped his plane when he tried to turn too quickly in loose sand as he landed on Broadwater Beach, Balina. No doubt the look of the oncoming waves gave him a bit of a turn as the plane flipped onto its roof at the water’s edge. The pilot received no injury but two deep wheel ruts in the sand was the damage to the beach. The ultralight was not built for surfing.

  2. Jon says:

    It used to be one a week, now it’s almost one a day. These ultralight planes, built in someone backyard are a danger to the people underneath. Who is responsible for controlling this? We’re ultra cautious about who takes to the roads in cars, what about aircraft of this type? They’re a disaster everywhere.

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