Two people dead in NT light plane crash

Remigio Civitarese
Ottobre 24, 2017

A recovery mission is underway for the bodies of two people killed in a light plane crash on a rural road in the Northern Territory.

A recovery mission is under way for the bodies of a passenger and pilot inside a Cessna 210 that had just left Darwin Airport about 1.30pm on Monday when it came down near Howard Springs, 25km from the city.

Wreckage from the Air Frontier plane, which was more than 40 years old, was strewn across bushland on either side of Gunn Point Road, with its wings and body found 400 metres apart.

Superintendent Tony Deutrom wouldn't speculate on whether the pilot had tried to land on the dirt road, but said heavy rain at the time of the crash was being considered as a factor.

A second crime scene spanning 200m was set up on the other side where the plane's fuselage disintegrated upon impact.

Supt Deutrom said it's been a traumatic task for investigating officers and two witnesses, one of whom was an off duty police officer.

'Our thoughts are with the family and the friends of the people who have died today, ' he said.

Superintendent Tony Duetrom says heavy rain may have played a role in the crash and Australian Transport Safety Bureau investigators are due to arrive from Canberra on Tuesday.

The investigation will likely consider Global Positioning System data as light planes are not required to carry black boxes, with Supt Deutrom appealing for witnesses to come forward.

Light planes like the Cessna 210 are not required to carry black boxes on board, but the team of mechanical engineers will likely analyse Global Positioning System data.

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