By Brendan Rees
Five people have survived a light plane crash in Tooradin after their aircraft experienced a loss of engine power on Saturday 6 January.
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) is investigating the incident whereby a Cessna 182 was being used for parachuting operations, with a pilot and four parachutists on board.
The pilot reported that soon after take-off, at about 400 feet above the ground, the engine sustained a sudden power loss.
An ATSB spokesperson said after being unable to resolve the problem, the pilot conducted a forced landing in a nearby paddock.
“During the forced landing, the aircraft collided with trees and a fence, which resulted in substantial damage,” the spokesperson said.
Emergency services were called to the incident about 10.45am where one person was treated for a sore arm while the others did not require emergency medical care. Firefighters from Tooradin CFA also attended the scene.
As part of the investigation, the ATSB will interview the pilot and other occupants, review video footage, and obtain aircraft maintenance and inspection records.
A report will be released at the conclusion of the investigation, which is anticipated to be released in the second quarter of 2019.
“Should a critical safety issue be identified during the course of the investigation, the ATSB will immediately notify relevant parties so appropriate action can be taken,” the ATSB spokesperson said.