Two persons were injured when a Lake Buccaneer amphibian
crashed shortly after takeoff near Brisbane Monday.
The Australian Associated Press reports the single-engine
aircraft experienced problems shortly after takeoff from Boonah
Airport near Dugandan. The 51-year-old pilot was airlifted to a
local hospital with head injuries, while the passenger was reported
to be in serious but stable condition with head injuries and a
A spokeswoman with medical transport service CareFlight said the
airplane crashed during a suspected forced landing. "The passenger
is not a pilot himself ... but he said they'd just taken off and
were bringing the wheels up and they started to feel the plane dip
and they came down just near the airfield," she told AAP.
The Lake's wing impacted a cement water tank, cartwheeling the
aircraft before it hit the ground in a nose-down attitude. Both
persons onboard were able to extract themselves from the wreckage
before emergency crews arrived.
"As a pilot, my opinion would have to be that something's
malfunctioned and he's had to put it down in that clear paddock
area because he couldn't reach the airfield," said Greg Neale, a
flight instructor at Boonah. "They haven't got a good glide ratio,
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau was notified of the
crash, but likely won't send investigators to the accident