Police attend the scene of a microlight crash at the Hervey Bay airport yesterday morning.
Police attend the scene of a microlight crash at the Hervey Bay airport yesterday morning. Robyne Cuerel

Microlight crash mystery

INVESTIGATIONS into a mysterious microlight aircraft crash are continuing today in Hervey Bay.

Speculation swirled like a contrary breeze around the Bay yesterday, after the aircraft crashed while attempting to land.

Police examined the aircraft for hours, while Fraser Coast mayor Gerard O'Connell assured travellers that yesterday morning's flight delays were due to foggy conditions, rather than the crash.

The council is following up the incident with the relevant authorities, Cr O'Connell said.

While police could not confirm the identity of the pilot when the Chronicle went to press, local microlight enthusiasts said they recognised the aircraft that was left crumpled on the side of the runway.

A Hervey Bay police spokesman said officers had not had any contact with the pilot yesterday.

While the exact cause of the crash is unknown at this time, Mark Hetherington, from Fraser Coast Microlights, said conditions could have been a factor.

Zane Tully, the operations manager for Recreational Aviation Australia, confirmed microlight regulations specify pilots should not fly in poor visual conditions, such as at night, in cloud or in fog.



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