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Woman hospitalised after light plane ‘somersaulted’ into tree

written by Jake Nelson | November 13, 2023

A GlaStar light aircraft crashed into a backyard on the Sunshine Coast in November 2023. (Image: RACQ LifeFlight)

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.


“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.

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