Date
17 August 2017
The two-seater training plane crashed into a paddock . while being flown by a student pilot, according to reports.Photo: Internet
The two-seater training plane crashed into a paddock . while being flown by a student pilot, according to reports.Photo: Internet

HK man critical after training plane crashes in Melbourne

A light plane crashed on Thursday in Melbourne, Australia, with a Hong Kong student pilot and an Australian instructor onboard, Apple Daily reports.

The two-seater training plane crashed into a paddock on Thursday at around 10:30 a.m. while being flown by the student pilot, surnamed Cheung, 20.

The plane was believed to have malfunctioned and crashed shortly after, leaving Cheung and a 30-year-old local instructor trapped and unconscious.

According to witnesses, the plane appeared to lose power and fell into the paddock trailed by a thick smoke. Others said the pilot attempted to land the plane before it hit the ground, hk01.com reports.

Some witnesses said the plane had spiraled in the air before crashing down to the farmland. They said that the two were lucky that the plane did not explode on impact.

Locals called the police and emergency teams.

The instructor was rescued first and was flown to the Royal Melbourne Hospital where he was listed in critical condition.

It took another hour and a half before Cheung extracted from the wreck. He had wounds on his face and chest. He was rushed to Alfred Hospital in critical condition.

Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority spokesman Peter Gibson said the plane was on a training flight when it crashed. An investigation is expected in the coming days.

Reports said Cheung had enrolled in the flying program through an agency in Hong Kong and Melbourne.

The agency provides courses for people interested in flying or becoming pilots. More than 40 people have gone to Melbourne for training this year.

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