The scene of the crash in the Goondiwindi region.
The scene of the crash in the Goondiwindi region. RACQ LifeFlight

Crop-duster hit ground 'nose-first and flipped over'

UPDATE: An agricultural pilot is fighting for life after a harrowing plane crash on a cotton plantation near Goondiwindi.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau and police are investigating the cause of the crash which left the male pilot, 43, in hospital with serious injuries.

The pilot, from Goondiwindi, had taken off at 6.15am for a scheduled 25-minute chemical spray on the rural property off the Barwon Hwy at Callandoon, about 30km south-west of Goondiwindi.

But when he failed to stop and refuel by 6.45am, the ground crew did a radio check.

After no contact was made with the pilot, a ground search was conducted.

A Goondiwindi farmer from the neighbouring property, Macintyre Downs, found the wreckage of the yellow air-tractor aircraft and pulled the pilot to safety about 7.10am.

He rushed the injured man in his own vehicle and met waiting Queensland Ambulance crews who then transported him by road to Goondiwindi Hospital.

The was later airlifted to the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane where he was last night in a critical but stable condition.

A police spokesman said initial investigation suggested the single-engine aircraft clipped overhead power lines, snapping two, which downed the craft.

He said the plane hit the ground "nose-first and flipped over", causing major damage.

The ATSB and police are investigating and will compile an incident report.

10.30AM: A pilot is in a critical condition after a plane crash landed on a rural property in the Goondiwindi region this morning.

The pilot, aged in his 40s, was taken by Queensland Ambulance to Goondiwindi Airport from where RACQ LifeFlight airlifted him to Brisbane.

The man suffered major internal and facial injuries in the landing.

The single pilot agricultural aircraft was flying at a low level when it crashed, clipping a powerline in the process.

He was pulled from the aircraft and taken to a nearby residence before meeting with QAS paramedics.

The man was airlifted to Princess Alexandra Hospital in a critical condition.

ON SCENE: A pilot is in a critical condition after a light aircraft crash landing in Goondiwindi region this morning. Credit: RACQ LifeFlight
ON SCENE: A pilot is in a critical condition after a light aircraft crash landing in Goondiwindi region this morning. Credit: RACQ LifeFlight RACQ LifeFlight

8.45AM: Paramedics are treating a male pilot after a crash landing on a rural property this morning.

Queensland Ambulance were called to a private property off the Barwon Hwy at Callandoon near Goondiwindi about 7.30am with reports an agricultural plane had crash landed, injuring the pilot.

The pilot, a man aged in his 40s, had been removed from the plane and taken to a nearby homestead where he was met with paramedics a short time later.

His injuries are as yet unknown.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services remain at the scene of the fixed-wing aircraft crash which clipped and brought down powerlines.

A spokesman said crews were securing the area.



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