Fire Plane Crash 24 October: pilot dies
Thursday 24 October
3.30pm: Police spokesperson Joe Cassar says ‘the pilot was a 43 year old husband and father from central NSW’. Recovery of the pilot’s body is underway but the remote location and weather is making it difficult.
NSW Police Aviation Command is heading to the scene with an air crash investigation officer who with liaise with Air Transport Safety Bureau investigators.
2.30pm RFS are at the scene of a water-bomber crash west of Ulladulla, the pilot of the plane was killed in the crash.
The plane was water-bombing near Wirritin Mountain this morning in rugged terrain, 36km west of Ulladulla.
There are reports that the plane crash has spark another fire near the Wirritin fire.
1.30pm: plane clip wing, snap off, then crashed in bushland , pilot possible killed.
1.00pm: “Lifesaver 3 is at crash site of firebombing plane. @ASNSW Helo also on scene winching in crew. Smoke in the close proximity causing problem.”
Update from the Westpac Life Saver helicopter on scene of the fixed-wing aircraft which has crashed while involved in firefighting operations west of Ulladulla.
11am: The NSW Rural Fire Service have confirmed an aircraft involved in firefighting operations west of Ulladulla has crashed. Crews, including a rescue helicopter, are still responding to the scene.
25 October 2014
Authorities have recovered the body of a pilot killed in the plane crash. Our thoughts and prayers for his family and fellow RFS