Further to the initial information released earlier today regarding the plane crash in Kununurra, the following update is provided:
- The crash occurred as the Pilot was attempting to land the plane at the East Kimberley Regional Airport, in Kununurra.
- The cause of the crash is being investigated.
- The Pilot of the plane is a 29-year-old man.
- The Pilot received serious injuries in the crash, including burns injuries.
- A Royal Flying Doctor Service plane has arrived in Kununurra.
- It is expected the man will be flown to Darwin for further treatment.
- The passenger in the plane is a man aged in his 50s.
- Tragically, the passenger became unresponsive while his evacuation from the scene was being organised and despite the efforts of emergency personnel at the scene he was unable to be revived, and died.
- The plane involved in the crash is a Beechcraft Baron 58, being used for commercial purposes.
- WA Police Force has advised the ATSB of the crash and a report will be prepared for the State Coroner.
- Anyone who has information regarding this plane crash, particularly anyone who saw or heard the plane as it approached the airport, is asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report the information online at www.crimestopperswa.com.au.
“Here is some preliminary information regarding a plane crash in Kununurra this morning:
- About 8:40am a member of the public who was fishing at Bandicoot Point, Kununurra, called police and reported what they believed was a plane crash landing between the river and the airport.
- Shortly after, further information was received the plane was on fire.
- Police, St John Ambulance and DFES were deployed to the scene.
- Upon arrival at the scene it was confirmed the Pilot and passenger both survived the crash, however both are injured.
- Police and emergency services personnel are now working to treat the injured people and evacuate them by helicopter from the crash scene.
- At this time the plan is to fly them to the airport, where further ambulances will be waiting to transport them to Kununurra Hospital.
Further details will be provided later today.”