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Three dead in wheatbelt crash in Australia – LFRE

Three dead in wheatbelt crash in Australia

Three dead in wheatbelt crash in Australia

Updated

At least six people have died and seven others have been injured in a wheat belt crash in Queensland’s Pilbara region.

The aircraft was reported as a charter airline and pilots, six of whom are in the intensive care unit, were at risk of paralysis, a spokesman for Queensland Ambulance Service said.

Five people were in the cocknatyasastra.compit at the time, including two men, and were able to escape, but it is understood many other passengers had to jump from the vehicle.

The Federal Emenatyasastra.comrgency Management Agency said two people on board had been declared deceased.

The rnatyasastra.comescue operation involved police with a helicopter and a search party of up to 100 vehicles and six rescue boats.

More than 25 emergency vehicles were involved in the search but all were later diverted.

A spokeswoman for the Pilbara Regional Council confirmed all 18 people were confirmed dead.

At least two people were taken to hospital.

One person in the plane, a 34-year-old from the Pilbara, was pronounced dead at the scene.

A spokesman for the Federal Emergency Management Agency says emergency services were looking into reports of an « unintended incident » after the crash.

Topics: disasters-and-accidents, accidents, offbeat, brisbane-4000

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