News Plane Crashes — 24 October 2017

Two people are dead after a light plane ripped through Northern Territory bushland, losing both of its wings before crashing near a rural road outside of Darwin.

A recovery mission is under way for the bodies of a passenger and pilot inside a Cessna 210 that had just left Darwin Airport about 1.30pm on Monday when it came down near Howard Springs, 25km from the city.

Wreckage from the six-seater single-engine aircraft was strewn across bushland on either side of Gunn Point Road, with the plane’s wings and body found 400m apart.

Part of one wing was hanging from a tree with another part nearby on one side of the unsealed road, while a second crime scene spanning 200m was set up on the other side where the plane’s fuselage disintegrated upon impact.

Superintendent Tony Deutrom wouldn’t speculate on whether the pilot had tried to land on the dirt road, but said heavy rain at the time of the crash was being considered as a factor.

Part of the light plane's wing can be seen hanging from a tree. Photo: Lucy Hughes Jones

Part of the light plane’s wing can be seen hanging from a tree. Photo: Lucy Hughes Jones

He says it’s been a traumatic task for investigating officers, especially two police who witnessed the accident.

Supt Deutrom said the next of kin were yet to be notified, but noted the plane was from a local company.

“Our thoughts are with the family and the friends of the people who have died today,” he said.

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The crime scenes will be in place until Tuesday afternoon, however the road has been reopened.

Investigators from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau will arrive from Canberra on Tuesday, but Supt Deutrom says it’ll be some time before they piece together what happened.

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Date: 23-OCT-2017
Time: ~13:40 LT
Type: Silhouette image of generic C210 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 210L Centurion
Owner/operator: Hunt Aerospace PTY LTD / AIr Frontier PTY LTD
Registration: VH-HWY
C/n / msn: 21060263
Fatalities: Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities: 0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location: 25 kms of Howard Springs, NT – Australia
Phase: En route
Departure airport: Darwin Airport
Destination airport:
The plane crashed under unknown reasons. Police have established two crime scenes, one containing the plane’s fuselage stretching 200m in a wooded area along a road . The plane’s wings and body were found 400 mts apart.
Police say the Cessna 210 had just left Darwin Airport at about 13:30LT
There was heavy rain at the time of the crash.

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