Plane crash at Coffs Airport

A FULL scale emergency was declared at Coffs Harbour Regional Airport when a plane carrying four passengers crash-landed in swampland short of the main runway.

The light aircraft is believed to have lost power and lost a wheel during take-off from the airport about 12.15pm today.

"The front wheel snapped off and the plane's nose crashed into the dirt," police said.

The pilot reportedly ditched into marshes about 200 metres south of the runway which was largely inaccessible to emergency services.

Emergency services personnel initially had trouble locating the plane and took vantage at a nearby lookout to assist their search.

"The five men on board, a pilot, two sky diving instructors and two sky divers, walked away with only scratches," police said.

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority and Australian Transport Safety Bureau have secured the area while investigations are carried out.



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