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Plane hits power lines and crashes near Bowenville, Queensland: Pilot dead

Pilot is killed after his plane collides with power lines, causing the plane to become entangled in electrical wires and make rescue attempts more difficult

  • A pilot has died after an ultralight plane collides with power lines in rural Queensland
  • The plane became entangled in power lines before landing in a paddock in Bowenville
  • Emergency services had to wait for confirmation that the power lines had been switched off

A pilot has died after his ultralight plane crashed into power lines before making an emergency landing in a paddock in a rural Queensland town.

Fire and ambulance personnel reported to the Bowenville site, near Toowoomba, around 2:20 p.m. on Sunday.

The one-seat plane was reportedly entangled in power lines and hampered upside down in rescue attempts by the potential hazard to emergency services.

A pilot has died after his ultralight plane hit power lines before landing in a paddock in Bowenville, Queensland

A pilot has died after his ultralight plane hit power lines before landing in a paddock in Bowenville, Queensland

Queensland Police have confirmed that the pilot, a man in his 60s, has died at the scene.

There were no other occupants on board the recreational flight.

Emergency services had to wait for confirmation from energy supplier Ergon Energy that the active lines around the aircraft had been shut down before they could access the aircraft.

Queensland Ambulance posted at the time: ‘Several paramedics are on the scene of a minor plane crash 20 minutes outside Oakey at 2:18 pm.’

Police and aviation authorities are investigating the crash.

Queensland Police said the Forensic Crash Unit, in conjunction with the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA), the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) and Recreational Aviation Australia (RAA), will prepare a report for the coroner.

The fire brigade and ambulances arrived at the scene of the accident around 2:20 p.m.  They had to wait for confirmation that the power lines around the plane had been turned off before they could access it

The fire brigade and ambulances arrived at the scene of the accident around 2:20 p.m. They had to wait for confirmation that the power lines around the plane had been turned off before they could access it

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