Plane crash survivors escape with minor injuries

TIPPED OVER: The light aircraft overturned on boggy ground. Pictures: CareFlight.
TIPPED OVER: The light aircraft overturned on boggy ground. Pictures: CareFlight.

Two survivors of an aircraft crash were airlifted by CareFlight’s Top End Rescue Helicopter yesterday afternoon.

It is believed the male pilot and his female passenger, both in their early 50s, ran into engine problems in their small light aircraft on a flight from Crab Claw Island to Batchelor. 

In an attempted emergency landing the aircraft overturned on boggy ground about 20 nautical miles north-west of Batchelor. 

Tasked by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA), the Top End Rescue Helicopter with a flight doctor and flight nurse on board arrived at the crash scene at around 4.45pm.

The couple who sustained minor injuries were airlifted to Batchelor.

Operating the Top End Medical Retrieval Service on behalf of the NT Government, CareFlight crews praised the efforts of all first responders and Batchelor clinic staff. 

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