Despite divers and police initiating a rescue operation, a light plane crash off the coast of Redcliffe, near Brisbane, has resulted in multiple deaths.
Four people have been confirmed dead after a light plane crash occurred north of Brisbane, the Queensland Police have confirmed.
Passengers on-board the aircraft were believed to be on a joy flight, with the aircraft crashing into the water around 9am local time on Sunday.
“Four people have died following a plane crash near Redcliffe this morning,” a statement from QLD Police read.
“A multi-agency operation is underway with Queensland Water Police officers and divers along with the Forensic Crash Unit assisting other agencies, including the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, as investigations continue.”
The Civil Aviation Safety Authority CASAconfirmed the aircraft was a 1977 Rockwell Commander; a four-seater, single engine plane.
Speaking to media earlier today, Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll said the plane was in a difficult position for rescuers to reach.
“The plane is in a very, very difficult position in the wetland area and we currently have police and divers travelling to that area,” she said.
Pictures showed the plane is upside down in the water, making access a huge issue in the rescue mission.
According to FlightAware, the plane went down near Redcliffe, off the coast of the Kippa-ring Conservation Reserve.
Coast Guard, Australian Transport Safety Bureau and police boats are on the scene to help, but a spokeswoman for Queensland Police told news.com.au a specialist diver was still needed to get inside the aircraft.
The crash site is close to Redcliffe Airport, but it is not yet known how long the plane was in the air before it crashed, or what caused the incident.
It’s not known if the plane’s pilot was part of the Redcliffe Aero Club, with a spokesman for the club declining to comment when contacted by news.com.au.
More to come.