Three people were taken to hospital after this light plane crashed in the Whitsundays today.
Three people were taken to hospital after this light plane crashed in the Whitsundays today. Aimee Vinci, Whitsunday Times

Two critical after plane crash

A MOTHER and child were last night flown to Townsville Hospital in a critical condition after being involved in a light plane crash in the Whitsundays.

A man, believed to be the woman's partner, was also expected to be airlifted to Townsville.

The three were injured when an ultralight plane clipped trees and crashed into a clearing on a Brandy Creek property shortly after taking off from a nearby private airstrip at 12.55pm, police said.

No-one else was aboard the aircraft, which was believed to have been a home-made Bingo 45 plane.

The boy, 3, suffered multiple lower leg fractures and internal injuries; the woman, 35, sustained abdominal injuries; and the man, 65, who was believed to be the pilot, sustained a large laceration to his knee and a fractured femur, an emergency services spokesman said.

Neil and Hayley Kennedy, who live on a neighbouring property, said they saw the plane run into trouble.

They said they were looking out from their home when they saw the plane with its nose in the air trying to get more power to take off.

"The plane sounded louder than usual and was closer than usual," Mr Kennedy said.

"He (the pilot) would fly regularly when the weather was suitable and was a very experienced pilot."

The Kennedys said they were the first on the crash scene, quickly calling emergency services.

Whitsunday police station officer-in-charge Senior Sergeant Steve O'Connell said the plane was full of fuel when it crashed.

It was fortunate it didn't catch fire, he said.

The site plane crash was about 2km off Shute Harbour Rd, between Cannonvale and Proserpine.

The three crash victims were taken to Proserpine Hospital, where they were stabilised before being airlifted to Townsville last night.

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