Two Thomson Aviation staff dead in survey plane crash

Two Thomson Aviation staff dead in survey plane crash


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A Cessna 210 like this one was involved a fatal accident in Mount Isa on Sunday

A Cessna 210 like this one was involved a fatal accident in Mount Isa on Sunday

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Two men have died late Sunday afternoon following a plane crash near Mount Isa.

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UPDATED 3.50pm Monday

The two men who died in the plane crash in Mount Isa on Sunday worked for New South Wales based aviation company Thomson Aviation.

The Cessna 210 registered to Thomson Aviation, crashed around 26 kilometres north-east of Mount Isa airport near West Leichhardt Station on Sunday afternoon killing a Sunshine Coast man, aged 36 and a Sydney man, aged 26.

Ed Dowling from Thomson Aviation confirmed the men were carrying out an airborne survey but would not provide any other details.

According to their website Thomson Aviation has over 25 years' experience in low-level aerial survey operations

UPDATED 10.20am Monday

Air traffic investigators remain on the scene of an air crash north-east of Mount Isa.

The crash involved a Cessna 210 which was conducting a survey flight on Sunday afternoon and two men aboard were killed.

The Air Traffic Safety Bureau is investigating the crash.

"The ATSB will investigate an accident involving a Cessna 210 light aircraft conducting a survey flight north-east of Mount Isa, Qld, on Sunday afternoon," an ATSB spokesperson said.

"The ATSB is evaluating deploying accident investigators to the site early this week. No further details are available at this time."

The Cessna registered to a New South Wales aviation company, crashed around 26 kilometres north-east of Mount Isa airport near West Leichhardt Station.

Around 4.30pm Sunday police were advised by the crew of rescue helicopter they had located the plane's wreckage after the activation of a distress beacon.

The two men on board at the time of the incident and they were both pronounced dead at the scene.

A Royal Flying Doctors Service plane was diverted to the scene to help search for the wreckage in scrubby country.

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Two men have died late Sunday afternoon following a plane crash near Mount Isa.

Initial investigations indicate the Cessna 210 aircraft, registered to a New South Wales aviation company, crashed around 26 kilometres north-east of Mount Isa airport.

Around 4.30pm police were advised by the crew of rescue helicopter they had located the plane's wreckage after the activation of a distress beacon.

It is believed two men were on-board at the time of the incident and they were both pronounced dead at the scene.

A Royal Flying Doctors Service plane was diverted to the scene to help search for the wreckage in scrubby country away from highways.

The Forensic Crash Unit are currently assisting other agencies including the Australian Transport Safety Bureau with the investigation.

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The story Two Thomson Aviation staff dead in survey plane crash first appeared on The North West Star.

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