Date
17 July 2018
The light aircraft, a Zlin Z42 belonging to the Hong Kong Aviation Club, is mainly used for basic and advanced flight training. The pilot managed to climb out of the cockpit and was rushed to Prince of Wales Hospital. Photo: HKEJ/Internet
The light aircraft, a Zlin Z42 belonging to the Hong Kong Aviation Club, is mainly used for basic and advanced flight training. The pilot managed to climb out of the cockpit and was rushed to Prince of Wales Hospital. Photo: HKEJ/Internet

Pilot critical after small plane crashes in Tai Po

A 23-year-old pilot escaped death but suffered injuries after his light aircraft crashed on a nature trail near Tai Po.

The accident took place at around 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, when the pilot was practicing aerobatics in a solo flight.

The small plane, which is said to have taken off from Shek Kong, suddenly plunged and crashed into a grove on Ma Shi Chau Nature Trail, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

The pilot managed to climb out of the cockpit and was rushed to Prince of Wales Hospital in Sha Tin.

There were no reports of other injuries or any damage to nearby buildings, according to The Standard.

The pilot sustained head and limb injuries, and his condition turned critical at around 10 p.m.

An investigation revealed that the pilot is licensed to fly a light aircraft and has three months of flying experience.

The crashed aircraft, a Zlin Z42 belonging to the Hong Kong Aviation Club, is mainly used for basic and advanced flight training, the Civil Aviation Department said.

The department and the club are conducting a joint probe into the accident.

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