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Man dead in Gatton plane crash

Police are on the scene of a fatal plane crash at Gatton this morning.
Police are on the scene of a fatal plane crash at Gatton this morning. Derek Barry

A man, believed to be a local, has died in a plane crash at Gatton this morning.

Police responded to reports around 7.20am that a plane had crashed just metres from the airfield near Upper Tenthill Road in Gatton.

A light aircraft had crashed near the Nolan's Transport sheds on Princes Rd and a male, believed to be the sole occupant, was located dead at the scene.

The man's body was removed around 11.30am from the scene.

Detective Sergeant Tim Bourke of Gatton CIB said the man was associated with Gatton airpark and the single seater aircraft was a Van's RV6.

He also said air traffic investigators were on their way from Brisbane to investigate the crash.

Fire services spokesman Mark Luther said the plane crashed into an embankment and caught fire.

"We had a call that an aircraft had crashed into a transport depot," he said.

"Arriving on scene we've found the aircraft on fire and we've started proceeding to put the aircraft out.

"But he's actually hit the ground inside the transport depot, bounced over the fence and landed into an embankment."

A witness told ABC radio the pilot was a well-respected father-of-two who loved flying.

Alec Williams said he knew the pilot and said he spent a lot of time at the Gatton Airpark.

"He's lived on the airpark, mostly on weekends, and was well respected around the place," Mr Williams said.

"He was a good fella who lived his own life."

Some of the debris has spread onto a neighbouring property but the owner said they did not hear the crash.

"The first we knew about it was when we heard the helicopter landing," he said.

Police remain on the scene and are currently assisting other agencies with the investigation.

Forensic squad units are expected to arrive in the next hour.

Topics:  gatton plane crash police


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