A woman has been airlifted to hospital after the plane her husband was flying “somersaulted” and crashed in a backyard on the Sunshine Coast.
The pilot is believed to have lost control of the GlaStar light aircraft, registered VH-BAQ, when a sudden gust of wind hit as he came in to land on a grass airstrip at Cootharaba on Sunday.
He escaped with minor cuts, while his wife aged in her 50s was taken to Sunshine Coast University Hospital in a stable condition for suspected neck, chest and abdominal injuries.
#Cootharaba – Paramedics have assessed two stable patients after a light plane crash at Cootharaba at 9.10am. One patient has been transported to Sunshine Coast University Hospital by helicopter while the other patient has declined transport.
— Queensland Ambulance (@QldAmbulance) November 12, 2023
“The light plane was coming into land on a private airstrip and ended up somersaulting and crashing into a tree,” said RACQ LifeFlight Rescue aircrew officer Scott Reeman.
“It clipped a palm tree in a house yard while it was airborne and then cartwheeled end-to-end across the yard and clipped another tree.”
This was the third aircraft-related rescue mission RACQ LifeFlight attended over a few days, following the dramatic sea rescue of two men from a Cessna 421C that ditched off Mooloolaba on Friday and the airlifting of a man who crashed his paraglider on a Gympie beach later that evening.