Investigating the plane crash

THE wreckage of yesterday’s light plane crash, south of Coffs Harbour airport, is the subject of a Civil Aviation Authority investigation.

The area has been cordoned off and the Australian Safety Transport Bureau has been notified.

The pilot has provided investigators with a statement outlining what happened.

Checks of flight logs and recorded communication with air traffic controllers have also been carried out. After the distress alert was given more than 20 emergency service vehicles descended on the crash scene.

“We have had specific crash investigators on-site and police investigations are under way to determine why the aircraft lost power and crashed short of the airstrip,” Coffs Clarence crime manager, Detective Inspector Cameron Lindsay, said.

Coffs City Sky Divers, the company involved said the aircraft, had been contracted for use and was one of a number of aircraft hired by the business.

The company stated the radio call denying permission to jump came from Air Traffic Control in Brisbane.

A full mechanical assessment of the wrecked aircraft is expected to follow in the coming days.

Last night it was still unknown how and when the plane would be salvaged from its resting place in dense scrub.

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