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The pilot of a light plane which crashed at Ewingar south of Casino earlier this year, killing an 11-year-old Murwillumbah girl, has been charged with manslaughter.

The 53-year-old pilot from Goonengerry was charged with a number of offences and issued with a court attendance notice when he attended Lismore Police station yesterday morning.

Emergency services were called to Ewingar Ridge Road, about 85km south-west of Casino, around 11am on Saturday 12 April following reports that a light plane had crashed into the Clarence River. It’s believed that the aircraft hit powerlines before crashing.

The pilot and the 11-year-old girl’s father, 35, managed to free themselves from the wreckage, but the girl remained trapped and died at the scene.

Both men were treated in Lismore Base Hospital for serious injuries.

Police from Richmond Local Area Command established Strike Force Vanin to investigate the circumstances surrounding the crash.

Local police were assisted by investigators from the Police Air Wing and the Civil Aviation Authority.

The pilot was charged with manslaughter, recklessly inflicting grievous bodily harm, endangering the life of another person, and flying an aircraft below 500 feet.

The Goonengerry man will appear at Lismore Local Court on 7 October.

 

 


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