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Thursday, January 20, 2022

4 people killed in plane crash near Brisbane

BRISBANE, Australia. Two children and two adults on a “family outing” were killed in a plane crash northeast of Brisbane.

Queensland police said a 67-year-old man from Wamuran was the pilot of a light plane that crashed near Scarborough around 9am Sunday after taking off from nearby Radcliffe airfield, where his family was waiting for him.

The accident also killed a 41-year-old man from Brisbane, his 10-year-old daughter and 9-year-old son.

Inspector Craig White said the family of pilots at the airfield learned of the crash after they started browsing social media when the single-engine, four-seater plane failed to return.

“There are several members of the pilot’s family who were at Redcliffe airfield at the time of the accident,” he said.

“I understand it was like a family day … a joyful family trip.

“The family found out when they found out that the plane had not returned to the location, and they also started looking through social media posts.”

According to media reports, the plane – a Rockwell Commander 114 light aircraft – could capsize after an engine malfunction caused the pilot to attempt to return to the runway.

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“This is a tragic accident. It brings Christmas closer and is the last thing a family needs to go through this time of year or any other time, ”said Insp White.

“The family (of the pilot) is deeply traumatized, as you would expect.”

An inter-agency operation is currently underway with water police and divers, as well as a forensic department providing assistance to other agencies, including the Australian Bureau of Transportation Security.

ATSB Chief Commissioner Angus Mitchell said the plane crashed shortly after takeoff, according to early reports.

He said an ATSB team from Brisbane had arrived at the scene to help recover the plane from the “rather inaccessible” mangroves off Scarborough, and Canberra investigators are expected to arrive on Monday.

He said a preliminary report on the cause of the accident would be available in six to eight weeks.

Anyone who witnessed the crash or had information was asked to contact the police or the ATSB.

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