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Accident in Western Queensland

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A young pilot is fighting for his life after his plane crashed on a remote Queensland farm on Monday morning.

The 25-year-old man was flying an ultralight plane at a property near Isisford, a small town about 100 kilometres south of Longreach.

The man suffered critical head injuries as well as face and leg damage when the plane went down before 9am, a Royal Flying Doctor Service spokesman said.

He was airlifted to the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital, landing before 2pm.

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Critical head and facial injuries is a bad sign, particularly when he's been flown direct to RBWH. I hope he makes a full recovery.

Mustering operations have got to be the most dangerous style of flying you can indulge in, always on the edge of the envelope, and always with distractions on the ground, such as looking for stray cattle and musterers on bikes, taking your attention off the gauges in the cockpit. Three seconds too long with your eyes off the instruments, and you can be history in seconds.

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9 hours ago, onetrack said:

Critical head and facial injuries is a bad sign, particularly when he's been flown direct to RBWH. I hope he makes a full recovery.

Mustering operations have got to be the most dangerous style of flying you can indulge in, always on the edge of the envelope, and always with distractions on the ground, such as looking for stray cattle and musterers on bikes, taking your attention off the gauges in the cockpit. Three seconds too long with your eyes off the instruments, and you can be history in seconds.

If you cannot fly the aircraft safely in VMC  without reference to instruments you should not be flying. This is particularly so when mustering. 

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5 minutes ago, Roundsounds said:

If you cannot fly the aircraft safely in VMC  without reference to instruments you should not be flying. This is particularly so when mustering. 

100% correct. A quick scan of p’s and t’s every few minutes is about it. I’ve only used Cessna’s and Drifters for mustering and both types have told you they are not happy well before stall.
I’m still trying to work out what these mythical “mustering planes” are. Are they some special model or special order aircraft or something?

 

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From the Qld Country Life  https://www.queenslandcountrylife.com.au/story/6521359/light-plane-accident-at-isisford/

Police were called to a light plane accident south of Isisford on Monday morning.

According to a police media spokeswoman, the minor aviation incident occurred at around 8.10am at a location 60km south of Isisford, along the Yaraka River Road.

The male pilot was flying a yellow mustering plane when the incident occurred.

He is understood to have sustained injuries but was not trapped in the plane.

Further details will be supplied as they come to hand.

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He wasn’t mustering. More I won’t say as there is talk of some sort of an investigation. I can say there was strong gusty southerly winds at the time.  Pilot and plane all legal and above board and was witnessed by the property owner who got him out of the plane.

 The RFDS used one of our strips as it was easiest to access from the property it happened on.
 I must commend the RFDS on their professionalism, you don’t really know how good they are until you are involved.

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He probably took his eyes off the instruments for more than 3 seconds......

 

That's a fine example of a misquote designed to alter what was written. I wrote "three seconds too long". Extended distraction outside the cabin has been the cause of many a crash. The Grumman into Perth Water is a classic.

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Qld Country Life update ...

 

RFDS emergency evacuation of Isisford ultralight crash pilot

Sally Cripps
Sally Cripps@sallyQCL3 Dec 2019, 5:30 p.m.
The Royal Flying Doctor Service plane on the strip at Wahroongah Station south of Isisford preparing to evacuate the injured patient. It's first time the medical service has used this airstrip. Picture supplied by the RFDS.

The Royal Flying Doctor Service plane on the strip at Wahroongah Station south of Isisford preparing to evacuate the injured patient. It's first time the medical service has used this airstrip. Picture supplied by the RFDS.

 
 
 
 

The young Longreach pilot injured in Monday morning's ultralight mustering accident south of Isisford has been flown to Brisbane in a critical condition.

According to a Royal Flying Doctor Service (Queensland Section) spokesman, the RFDS Charleville crew was tasked by Retrieval Services Queensland at about 8.15am on Monday to the light aircraft crash at Pemberley Station, about 60km south of Isisford.

Landing at the neighbouring Wahroongah Station airstrip about 10km from the crash site at 10.15am on Monday, two RFDS doctors and an RFDS flight nurse were met by Queensland Ambulance Service paramedics and Queensland Health medical staff from Isisford, who had transferred the patient by road to the airstrip.

Together, the medical crews stabilised the patient, 25-year-old Robert Paterson, who was suffering from significant head, face and leg injuries, before flying him to the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital in a critical condition.

Police and emergency services were called to the accident on the Yaraka River Road at around 8.10am on Monday.

The acting CEO of Recreational Aviation Australia Maxine Milera said the accident involved an RAAus-registered Foxbat aircraft.

"RAAus provides specialised subject matter expertise to assist the police with their investigation, which will include an assessment of a variety of possible factors including environmental, mechanical and human factors," she said.

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