News Plane Crashes Update News — 26 September 2017

Two men have died after their plane crashed into a turf farm south of Brisbane.

Emergency services were called to the scene at Allenview, in the Scenic Rim, after a person on a neighbouring property saw the plane “come out of the sky and crash”, Detective Inspector Garry Brown said.

“A witness has observed a plane flying above the turf farm here, and it’s gone into a bit of a spiral and crashed into the middle of the turf farm,” Inspector Brown said.

“It was one of the neighbours that saw the plane crash, but a couple of other people got to the aircraft first.”

The inspector said the investigation was in the “very early stages” and next of kin were yet to be notified but they were fairly sure about the identity of the men involved.

“There’s two males on the aircraft at the moment, believed to be an instructor and a trainee,” Inspector Brown said.

“(The plane) took off from Archerfield, can’t say where it was going, possibly a training flight.”

A distress call was sent from the aircraft but not finished, a Civil Aviation Safety Authority spokesman said.

The aircraft involved in the crash was a Diamond DA-40, an Australian Transport Safety Bureau spokesman said.

He said the ATSB was sending a team of investigators from Brisbane and Canberra to the site.

Inspector Brown said forensic police would be assisting the ATSB with their investigation.

The operator of the four-seater plane is Aircrew Training and Support, a Chinese flying school that had been tenants of the education precinct for 18 months, a Springfield Land Corporation spokesman said.

Earlier, a Queensland Ambulance spokesman said paramedics assessed two men at the scene but they were not taken to hospital.

A police spokesman confirmed two people were involved in the incident on Brookland Road, and emergency services were on site.

It is the second fatal light aircraft crash in Queensland in a week after two men died when their glider crashed in Dalby.

An experienced gliding instructor and a student had gone out for a flight about 9.30am on September 19, before the glider nosedived into a field.

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A mayday call was made but not completed by the pilot of a training flight which crashed into a paddock south of Brisbane, killing two men aboard.

The instructor and his student died when their single-engine, four-seat Diamond DA-40 crashed into a turf farm at Allenview, near Beaudesert, on Tuesday morning.

A distress call was sent from the aircraft but not finished, a Civil Aviation Safety Authority spokesman said.

It’s believed the training flight took off from Archerfield airport.

Efforts are under way to formally identify the men, and police are still trying to contact the victims’ families.

Teams of Australian Transport Safety Bureau investigators are on their way from Brisbane and Canberra.

They will spend days examining the site of the crash and interviewing witnesses and are hoping to retrieve flight data from recording devices attached to avionics.

Photos from the scene show the broken plane lying on a large expanse of grass but it is too early to speculate about what caused the fatal crash, the ATSB and CASA say.

It is the second fatal aircraft crash in southern Queensland in a week.

Experienced instructor Jeremy Thompson and his 60-year-old student Norbert Gross died when their glider nosedived 15 metres and crashed into a field near the runway at the Darling Downs Soaring Club last Tuesday.

Conditions were fine that day and Gliding Federation of Australia operations executive manager Christopher Thorpe believes the pilot must have suffered a medical event.

Following investigations into the Allenview crash the ATSB will prepare a report, which is expected to take months to complete.

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