The site of a plane crash south of Coffs Harbour airport.
The site of a plane crash south of Coffs Harbour airport. Bruce Thomas

Crashed plane to be salvaged soon

INSURERS handling the claim on a light aircraft, which crash landed south of the Coffs Harbour Regional Airport last Friday, have assessed the crash scene.

The company has had an aviation claims assessor on the ground this week looking into the damage sustained in the crash.

The pilot and four Coffs Harbour skydivers were lucky to walk away from the single- engine Cessna after it came down in dense scrub.

Investigators say a salvage of the aircraft is planned next week.

They say the aircraft will most likely be disassembled and lifted piece by piece using a helicopter.

Precision Helicopters has been approached to perform the salvage.

It has provided the insurance company with a quote to use its Jet Ranger helicopter to remove the aircraft.

“Due to the aircraft’s current location in bushland and the pressing need to salvage the wreckage the cause of the crash may not be determined for weeks if not months,” a key investigator said.

The pilot has provided Coffs Clarence Police with a statement outlining what happened, while checks of flight logs and communication with air traffic controllers have also been carried out.

Skydivers on board at the time say the aircraft lost power at 4000 feet as it was descending to the airport about 12.15pm on Friday.

The 23-year-old pilot lowered the nose of the aircraft ensuring damage was kept to a minimum. The aircraft’s wings remained in tact, while the plane’s front wheel broke off on impact.



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