Plane crashes into horse during takeoff off York Peninsula in South Australia as pilot and passenger were taken to hospital
- Plane crashed in Brentwood, South Australia
- Pilot, 64-year-old man, rushed to hospital
- 56-year-old female passenger, uninjured
The pilot of a small plane was taken to hospital with serious injuries after colliding with a horse during takeoff on the Yorke Peninsula in South Australia.
Emergency services, including South Australia Police, SA Ambulance Service and SA Country Fire Service (CFS), were called to a private airstrip in a paddock in Anderson. Rd, Brentwood, a city in the west of the state, around 9:20 a.m. Sunday. .
The pilot, a 64-year-old local man, and his passenger, a 56-year-old woman also from the area, were able to escape from the aircraft.
The recreational plane collided with a horse on takeoff and crashed in a paddock in Brentwood, a South Australian city in the west of the state.
The pilot, a 64-year-old man, was rushed to hospital with serious injuries while his passenger, a 56-year-old woman, was unharmed.
The man was taken to Royal Adelaide Hospital with serious injuries, while the woman was uninjured.
It is understood that the aircraft was traveling at around 110 km/h at the time of the collision.
Although the horse was treated by a vet, police confirmed that it is alive and on its feet despite the collision.
Around 15 CFS volunteers, three CFS trucks and a bulk water carrier remained on site to secure supplies and help paramedics establish a helicopter landing zone.
Crews were also on standby in case of fuel leaks.
Although the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has been notified of the incident, it is likely that it will not investigate the accident because the plane was a recreational aircraft.
Instead, the investigation is likely to be handled by Recreational Aviation Australia (RAAus).