News Plane Crashes — 19 September 2017

A PILOT and passenger travelling on a light plane made a miraculous escape after the aircraft crashed in Sydney’s west.

The Piper Archer III aircraft avoided crashing into homes, instead landing in a paddock bordering bushland at West Hoxton about 3pm on Tuesday.

The pilot had made a distress call shortly before the emergency landing, reporting engine failure.

“Mayday, mayday, mayday,” the man could be heard saying in the audio recording broadcast by Nine News.

“We have engine failure … I’m trying to land the aircraft in the field.”

A police spokeswoman confirmed the aircraft had taken off from Bankstown Airport and was attempting to return there after experiencing engine trouble.
“The pilot was forced to make an emergency landing,” she said.

The plane was significantly damaged in the crash, but remarkably, two people on board survived and only one suffered a minor injury.

The pilot was reportedly treated for a broken finger.

He told Nine News: “I have some injuries, but overall I’m OK.”

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