Pilot dies in Bowenville light plane crash

The pilot of an ultralight aircraft was killed this afternoon in a crash west of Toowoomba.

Multiple emergency services were called to the incident near Bowenville at 2:20 p.m.

The plane reportedly hit power lines and landed in a paddock on Malu-Bowenville Road.

Police have confirmed that the pilot, a man in his 60s, died at the scene.

Emergency services waited for energy supplier Ergon Energy to verify that the power was off before they could access the scene.

crashed plane, fire truck and police car at a paddock
Several crews were present at the accident site.

A spokeswoman for the Queensland Fire and Emergency Service (QFES) confirmed that three QFES, a senior QFES officer, and ambulance and police units were on the scene.

QFES Inspector Stewart Lange said crews from Oakey, Bowenville and Toowoomba were in attendance.

“We had to engage Ergon to provide safe access for crews to get to the plane to access the victim,” he said.

A spokesman for the ATSB (Australian Transport Safety Bureau) said: “The affected aircraft is an ultralight aircraft, for which we have no responsibility to investigate”.

Each study would be conducted by Recreational Aviation Australia (RA-Aus), the membership organization that provides microlight and recreational aircraft.

Police have confirmed that the Forensic Crash Unit, in conjunction with Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA), Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB), and Recreational Aviation Australia (RAA), will prepare a report for the coroner

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