A Caloundra pair survived after a light plane crashed into heavy bushland at Rainbow Beach. Image: AGL Action Rescue Helicopter Service.
A Caloundra pair survived after a light plane crashed into heavy bushland at Rainbow Beach. Image: AGL Action Rescue Helicopter Service.

Caloundra pair alive as plane goes down at Rainbow Beach

TWO Caloundra people were lucky to escape with only minor injuries when their light plane went down in dense scrub near Rainbow Beach yesterday afternoon.

Witnesses said the plane took off from the Rainbow Beach airstrip but a few kilometres out the pilot experienced engine trouble and attempted to return to the airstrip.

He didn't make it and the plane came down in dense coastal scrub about 200m north-west of the runway.

The 74-year-old pilot, a Caloundra builder, told rescuers the plane stalled before crashing.

He suffered lacerations, abrasions and bruising but was able to walk away from the wreck. His passenger, a friend in her 50s also from Caloundra, also escaped.

The pilot's partner saw the crash and was organising help when the pair walked back to the airstrip.

The pilot was initially treated at the scene by local ambulance officers before being handed over to the AGL Action Rescue Helicopter's flight doctor.

He was airlifted to Nambour Hospital in a stable condition.


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