The LifeFlight helicopter was tasked to Bustard Head just after 11am by the Queensland Police Service to help search for the Cirrus SR22 single-engine aircraft which crashed with four people on board.
The wreckage was located a short time later and the LifeFlight helicopter landed on the beach nearby to assist treating the pilot and passengers. The area where the plane was found is only accessible by boat or aircraft.
The RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter medical crew treated and transported the pilot of the SR22 – a male in his 60s – to Bundaberg Base Hospital suffering multi-trauma injuries.
He was transported in a serious condition.
Sadly one person was declared deceased at the scene. Two other survivors were airlifted by another air-medical operator to Rockhampton Hospital for further treatment.
The occupants were tourists who were reportedly camping on the island.