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Burnt Maryborough pilot airlifted to Brisbane hospital

Maryborough Police and Fire officers inspecting a Microlight Airborne XT-912 at the Maryborough Aero Club, following a man catching on fire while refuelling it.
Maryborough Police and Fire officers inspecting a Microlight Airborne XT-912 at the Maryborough Aero Club, following a man catching on fire while refuelling it. Stephanie Kay

UPDATE: A Maryborough man has been airlifted to a Brisbane Hospital after he caught on fire while refuelling his aircraft at the Maryborough Aero Club.

Maryborough Fire Station Officer Dennis Pamenter said the 50-year-old received burns to his face and hands, while pouring fuel into his Micro light Airborne XT-912.

He said the fire had been put out by the time crews had arrived on Thursday afternoon. Queensland Ambulance Service officers began treating the man on the scene.

It's understood the injured man was refuelling his aircraft when static electricity from the bowser sparked the small fire.

Sergeant Steve Webb, officer in charge of the Wide Bay Forensic Crash Unit, said the man's burns were severe but not believed to be life-threatening.

Sgt Webb said while part of the man's body had been on fire, it could have been much worse.

An RACQ CareFlight Rescue helicopter from the Sunshine Coast was tasked to the scene about 4.15pm to retrieve the man from QAS.

Initial emergency service calls had wrongly indicated an aircraft was down at the Maryborough airport.

It is not known how the blaze was extinguished or the exact cause.

EARLIER: A man will be airlifted to a Brisbane hospital after suffering serious burns to his face and hands while refuelling an aircraft at Maryborough Airport.

The man, believed to be 50, was using a plastic container to refuel a microlight plane about 3.30pm on Thursday when the fuel ignited, setting the man alight.

Police, fire and ambulance officers attended, however the fire did not spread and was out upon arrival of the fire brigade.

A helicopter has been called from Brisbane to take the injured man for treatment.

Topics:  air, burns, emergencies, planes




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