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Written by Peter Carter

January 11, 2017

A young woman has died and three others have been injured after a tourist plane crashed on Middle Island. 

At around 10:30am on Tuesday two single-engine air crafts, from the tourist company 1770 Castaway, were heading to Middle Island for a camping trip organised by 1770 Castaway Fly-In Island Adventures. The company specialises in adventure getaway tours.

Passengers from the second plane, which was trailing the aircraft, witnessed the accident and landed near the crash site before calling emergency services. Onlookers attempted to help the passengers and pilot by performing CPR however were unable to revive the English backpacker in her 20’s who died at the scene.

Emergency services had difficulty accessing the site due to the tide but Lifelight Rescue and RACQ Helicopter air crafts managed to transport the two other passengers, a 29 yr-old woman and  13 yr-old boy, to Rockhampton Hospital to be treated. The woman suffered serious head injuries and the boy reportedly had a leg fracture.

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Les Woodall, the 62 yr-old pilot,  was in a serious condition and was treated for spinal injuries at Bundaberg Hospital and is expected to be flown to Brisbane for surgery.

Initial reports state that the plane crashed into terrain then came to rest inverted however the cause of the accident is still undetermined. Queensland Police are working closely with the Australian Transport Safety Bureau in their investigations to establish the events leading up to the crash.

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