Emergency services ready for worst
A LIGHT plane crashed on takeoff from Maryborough airport yesterday morning, killing one of the five people on board.
But not really.
The mock emergency situation staged at the airport was just an exercise to prepare the council and emergency services for a real disaster.
Police, ambulance, firefighters and council staff converged on the runway after receiving a call about 8.30am that a plane had crashed on the airstrip.
A woman was confirmed dead at the scene and several others were injured.
One man with suspected spinal and internal injuries lay on the tarmac before being carried to an ambulance.
Other passengers had less serious injuries.
A smoke machine added realism to the exercise, which was conducted using an airport user’s private aircraft.
Firefighters pretended to hose down the burning wreckage and assisted ambulance staff in treating the patients.
Airport operations supervisor Graham Taylor said mock emergency situations were conducted every two years at the airport as part of Civil Aviation Safety Authority regulations.