Pilot And Nurse On Board Fatally Injured In The Accident
A 27-year-old pilot and a nurse aboard a Piper PA-31P were
fatally injured Tuesday when the aircraft experienced engine
problems and went down Tuesday morning in a residential
neighborhood in Sydney, Australia.
The Australian Transportation Safety Bureau (ATSB) told Sky News
that the pilot had issued a mayday call reporting engine problems
about 25 miles from Bankstown, where the flight originated. The
nearest airport was Richmond, but heavy fog was reported in the
area, and the pilot decided to attempt a return to Bankstown.
The aircraft was a medical transport flight operated by
Skymaster Air Services. Its intended destination was Brisbane.
Piper PA-31 File Photo
The pilot, identified as Andrew Wilson, told air traffic
controllers he was losing altitude as he attempted to return to
Bankstown. Witnesses said they heard the engine "surging."
Wilson told controllers he was going to attempt to land on a road.
The airplane touched down on Canley Vale Road near a school, but
then hit a power pole and caught fire. There were no reports of
injuries on the ground.
The nurse has not been officially identified. The ATSB said it
would have a preliminary report on the accident in about 30