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Pilot injured after aircraft crash near Knockrow

Paramedics from the Westpac rescue chopper at the scene of the ultralight crash near Bangalow this morning. Photy supplied

Paramedics from the Westpac rescue chopper at the scene of the ultralight crash near Bangalow this morning. Photy supplied

[Updated, 1.30pm Tuesday]

The pilot of an ultra-light aircraft which crashed on a property at Knockrow, near Ballina, yesterday morning remains in a critical condition in Gold Coast Hospital.

Ian Byrne, 73, of Ballina, was flying over a private airstrip at Martins Lane when his aircraft’s engine appeared to stall before plunging to the ground.

A spokesman for the Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter said Mr Byrne suffered a severe head injury, possible spinal injury and pelvic injury.

Hospital staff told media Mr Byrne was in a critical but stable condition in intensive care.

[Updated, 11.30am Monday]

The 73-year-old pilot of a light aircraft which crashed on a private runway at Knockrow near Bangalow this morning has been transferred to the Gold Coast University Hospital in a serious condition.

The man, according to rescuers, was trapped upside down and unconscious in the aircraft with severe  injuries.

Medical crews from the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter treated the man at the scene.

It’s believed the aircraft stalled before plunging nose first through trees near Martins Lane just before 9am this morning.

A crime scene has been established at the location and will be examined by forensic specialists.

[Earlier report]

A 60-year-old man who suffered severe head injuries when his ultralight aircraft crashed near Knockrow south of Bangalow this morning, is being flown by rescue helicopter to Gold Coast Hospital.

Paramedics from the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter which located the aircraft are at the scene treating the man, who will soon be transferred to the Gold Coast University Hospital once he has been stabilised for the 20-minute flight to the hospital.

Police and emergency services are on scene.



2 responses to “Pilot injured after aircraft crash near Knockrow”

  1. WOLFE says:

    The sooner all light aircraft with training and aircraft types outside mainstream aviation are banned the sooner poor aviators and innocent public will stop being maimed and killed!

  2. Andrew says:

    Lol.. Typical knee jerk, ill informed statement. Mainstream aviation aircraft never crash, kill or maime hey Wolfey??
    Comment on something you have a clue about mate!

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