Airline passengers miraculously emerge unscathed after pilot makes daring freeway landing
- Charter plane crashed in Western Australia
- Passengers walked away unharmed
Passengers aboard a charter plane have escaped unharmed after a pilot made a daring emergency landing on a remote highway in northern Western Australia.
The Cessna 310 plane was en route to Derby Airport, more than 2,000km from Perth, when it crashed shortly after 3pm on Tuesday, WA police said.
Nine News reports that the pilot was forced to use the Derby Highway, two kilometers south of the city, as an emergency landing strip, with police and emergency services on the scene.
Passengers aboard a charter plane have escaped unharmed after a pilot made a daring emergency landing on a remote highway in northern Western Australia
The pilot, a man believed to be in his 20s, was rushed to Derby Hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries, while the other two passengers were unharmed.
A spokesman for the Australian Transport Safety Bureau told the ABC on Tuesday that the circumstances surrounding the crash would be investigated by the aviation watchdog.
“The ATSB will investigate the emergency landing of a Cessna 310 aircraft on the motorway south-east of Derby on Tuesday afternoon following a reported twin engine failure,” he said.
Home to over 3,000 people, Derby is used as a tourism launching pad from May to September in the popular Kimberley region, known for its natural splendor.