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Identity of man tragically killed in CQ plane crash revealed

A 53y/o Emerald local was almost finished his pilots training hours when he ploughed into a field this morning. His flight instructor found his crashed light plane and his body shortly after - tweeted by Emilia Terzon
A 53y/o Emerald local was almost finished his pilots training hours when he ploughed into a field this morning. His flight instructor found his crashed light plane and his body shortly after - tweeted by Emilia Terzon Emilia Terzon, ABC

UPDATE 4PM: A PILOT killed in a tragic aircraft crash near Emerald has been identified as local, Timothy White.

The 53-year-old is believed to have almost finished his pilot's training hours when he plummeted into a field about 15km south of Emerald, the ABC reports.

The Queensland Police Service have advised Mr White's next of kin following the crash near the Gregory Hwy at about 7.35am.

It is understood Mr White's flight instructor found his crashed light plane and body shortly after.

The Forensic Crash Unit and the federal aviation investigators have been advised.

The wreckage of an ultralight plane which crashed south of Emerald, killing the pilot.
The wreckage of an ultralight plane which crashed south of Emerald, killing the pilot. ABC

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UPDATE 1.10PM: POLICE have confirmed the age of the man killed in a plane crash west of Rockhampton this morning.

A Queensland Police Service spokesman has confirmed the man was 60-years-old.

He was the pilot and sole occupant of the ultralight plane which crashed 15km south of Emerald at about 7.53am.

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UPDATE 9.30AM: A PILOT has died this morning after his aircraft crashed on the Gregory Hwy near Emerald.

The Queensland Police Service have confirmed the man was the sole occupant at the time the ultralight plane came down 15km south of Emerald at about 7.35am.  

The Queensland Ambulance and Queensland Fire and Emergency services also attended the scene.  

Police advise the Forensic Crash Unit is investigating and federal aviation investigators have been advised.  

Further information is not available at this time.

8.40AM: A PILOT is feared dead after a plane crash near Emerald this morning.

The Queensland Ambulance, Queensland Police and Queensland Fire and Emergency services arrived on scene about 8.15am near Gindie.

The initial report of an aviation incident near the Gregory Hwy came through at 7.38am.

A QAS spokesman said it was feared one man was dead, however the QPS said they were unable to confirm at this early stage.

Gindie is about 30km south of Emerald, and a QPS spokeswoman said they are investigating on a large area in the vicinity.

The QAS could not provide further details at this time on the pilot's age and injuries.

The QFES was being escorted in as of 8.30am, and said its original advice was that one man was involved in the crash.

Though they could not confirm the number of people, they said given it was an ultralight plane it would indicate only the pilot was on board at the time of the crash.

This is a developing situation, more information to come.

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