Five dead after light plane crashes, bursts into flames

UPDATE: Police have confirmed that five people have died as a result of a fiery light plane crash at Caboolture airport this morning.

Witnesses have told of how the Cessna 206 private light plane took off from runway06 with five people on board about 11.30am.

The group was heading in a north easterly direction to go skydiving in what was described as ideal flying conditions.

The plane reportedly belonged to a local skydiving company.

The plane veered to the left flying at low altitude before crashing and bursting into flames.

Firefighters rushed to the scene to extinguish the blaze, but no one survived.

Light plane crash at Caboolture. Photo Channel 9
Light plane crash at Caboolture. Photo Channel 9

Aero Dynamic Flight Academy managing director and Caboolture airport safety officer Bryan Carpenter described the incident as the worst in the history of the airfield.

He said early indications pointed to a mechanical fault.

Australian Transport Safety Bureau has initiated an investigation with two Caboolture investigators and a number of others coming from Canberra.

Investigators will  follow protocol and examine the wreckage, talk to witnesses, look at information on weather conditions, look at what else was happening at the aerodrome that day and then start getting background info on the aircraft and pilot.

Police working to identify victims and a report being prepared for the coroner.

EARLIER: A large contingency of emergency services have rushed to the scene.

It is reported the plane belonged to a skydiving company and was on the runway when it crashed about 11.30am.

It is believed five people heading out for a sky dive were on board the plane at the time.

Firefighters have extinguished a fire after the plane burst into flames. Investigations continue as emergency services sift through the now foam-covered plane.

Our reporters are at the scene.

More information to come.



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