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Pilot Injured In Plane Crash SW Of Mundubbera

Image Credit: RACQ LifeFlight Rescue Bundaberg

A plane has crashed 16 kilometres south west of Mundubbera on Tuesday, injuring the Pilot.

The accident involving a light aircraft happened at around 9:30AM.

The Pilot, a 62-year-old Western Australian man, survived the crash in remote bushland.

Image Credit: RACQ LifeFlight Rescue Bundaberg

The Bundaberg-based RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter was called to the Auburn State Forest, after the 'Jabiru' the man was flying, reportedly suffered engine failure and crashed into dense forest.

Authorities were able to easily locate the crash site, because of an activiated E-PIRB.

When the rescue chopper arrived at the scene, RACQ LifeFlight Rescue's QAS paramedic was winched down to the pilot who escaped with minor injuries.

After he was checked over it was decided the patient could be taken to Mundubbera Hospital by road.

RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter pilot, Peter Marris, said the man is very lucky to have walked away alive.

"One of the plane's wings was completely torn off in the crash, it's amazing that he wasn't more badly injured."

There was no one else on board.

There is no word yet on what caused the crash.

Tuesday's crash comes after the Civil Aviation And Safety Authority (CASA) carried out an investigation into Jabiru Aircraft and Engines Australia in Bundaberg back in 2014.

It was in response to reports of more than 45 engine failures during the year.

CASA wound up banning planes with Jabiru engines from flying at night and Pilots were ordered to steer clear of densely populated areas.

By Michelle Price