Chopper salvages crashed Cessna
THE skydiving plane that crashed south of the Coffs Harbour Regional Airport a fortnight ago has been salvaged from its resting place in dense coastal scrub.
Local aviation company Precision Helicopters was called in by the insurers of the single engine Cessna to airlift the wreckage back to the airfield.
The aircraft crashed 400 metres south of the runway on Friday, June 25.
It came down while on descent to the airport losing power at 400 feet.
The pilot and four skydivers on board at the time walked away from the crash uninjured.
The cause of the mechanical failure is still being investigated by New South Wales Police and the Civil Aviation Safety Authority.
Precision Helicopters say the plane was removed in sections by the company’s Hughes 500 helicopter.
The wings and engine were lifted separately and then the fuselage.
The plane can now be more closely examined by investigators to establish the cause of the crash.