Plane forced to land in Aberdeen paddock, 78-year-old pilot suffers multiple injuries

Pic: Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service
Pic: Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service

QUICK thinking by onlookers may have saved the life of a pilot after his light aircraft crash-landed at Aberdeen on Saturday night.

At about 8.15pm, the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service (WRHS) responded to a call that a plane had gone down in an Upper Hunter paddock.

The Kingdon Ponds Rural Fire Brigade and Fire and Rescue NSW Station 208 Aberdeen also attended at 8.30pm.

The WRHS arrived on the scene at Blairmore Lane, with the critical care medical team, and found a light aircraft had indeed made a forced landing.

It’s believed the pilot suffered multiple injuries.

“NSW Ambulance paramedics and the medical team treated the 78-year-old man after he was pulled out of the aircraft by bystanders,” a WRHS spokesperson said.

“He was flown to the John Hunter Hospital in a stable condition.

“No other details are available.”

The cause of the accident will be subject to an investigation by the ATSB (Australian Transport Safety Bureau).​

Pic: Fire and Rescue NSW Station 208 Aberdeen

Pic: Fire and Rescue NSW Station 208 Aberdeen