Two dead after light planes collide midair

Fatal crash at Queensland airfield

A man and a woman have died after a midair collision between two light planes over a Queensland airfield.

Emergency services were called to Caboolture aerodrome, north of Brisbane. just after 10.30am on Friday.

A man and a woman in their 60s, who were aboard one of the planes, died. Another man, who was in the other plane, survived without major injury.

Queensland Police have not yet released their names.

Inspector Paul Ready said the planes collided low to the ground at the airfield’s eastern end.

“There are two deceased in the plane that took off from the eastern end,” he said.

“The other person, who was in the other aircraft, is assisting police currently [and investigators], piecing together what exactly occurred so that we can find out the actual events.

“It is probably quite lucky when you look at the damage on the ground.”

Queensland Ambulance and firefighters responded to a “significant incident” with paramedics assessing “multiple patients”.

Senior operations supervisor Matthew Davis said a man and woman in their 60s were confirmed dead after their aircraft crashed.

The other plane landed safely and the pilot, aged about 70, had no significant injuries, he said.

Mr Davis described the scene as “incredibly confronting”.

“Any incident involving the loss of life, particularly under these circumstances extremely, extremely difficult and hard, obviously, for the first responders and most importantly for the family,” he said.

Inspector Ready said emergency services were on the scene within minutes of the accident, which is believed to have been reported by numerous motorists who saw it from the adjacent Bruce Highway.

Queensland Police Minister Mark Ryan confirmed the two fatalities and said a full investigation would be carried out.

Caboolture Airfield caters to general aviation and ultralight aircraft and is not controlled by Airservices Australia.

A spokesman from the airfield confirmed the planes involved were registered and not linked to a gliding club based at the airfield.

He declined to comment further.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau will investigate the collision.

-with AAP

Topics: Queensland
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