Pilot found dead at Queensland crash site


A pilot has died after his light aircraft crashed in bushland in northern Queensland.

The plane was supposed to land late Sunday morning in Ayr, south of Townsville.

After an extensive search, the police found the wreckage in Shirbourne, 38 kilometers west of Ayr.

The pilot, the sole occupant of the aircraft, was found dead at the scene.

Police will investigate the circumstances of the accident and a report will be prepared for the coroner.

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The Australian Transport Safety Bureau has been notified of the fatal accident but has referred the incident to Recreational Aviation Australia.

RAAus will support Queensland Police in its investigation, said the body’s chief executive, Matt Bouttell.

“I want to extend our condolences to the family and friends of the deceased pilot,” Bouttell told AAP.

“It is still at an early stage, but…RAAus has offered our help to understand the circumstances of this tragic accident.”

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