Pilot's wife witnesses plane crash
The RACQ CareFlight Rescue helicopter has flown to the aid of a pilot and passenger whose light plane went down in dense scrub this afternoon.
The plane crashed shortly after take-off from the Rainbow Beach airstrip. A few kilometres out the pilot experienced engine trouble and attempted to return to the airstrip but didn't make it.
The plane came down in dense coastal scrub about 200 metres North West of the runway. The pilot, who is also the builder, owner and operator of the aircraft, told rescuers the plane had stalled.
The 74 year old Caloundra man suffered lacerations, abrasions and bruising but was able to walk away from the wreck. His passenger, a friend in her 50s and also from Caloundra, escaped uninjured.
The pilot's wife witnessed the crash and was organising help when the pair managed to make their way back to the airstrip. The pilot was initially treated at the scene by local ambulance officers before being handed over to the helicopter's flight doctor and flight paramedic who had landed at the airstrip.
He was airlifted to Nambour General Hospital in a stable condition.
*This rescue mission was completed when the Sunshine Coast service operated as AGL Action Rescue prior to the July 1 2013 merger with CareFlight Group Queensland.