Plane skids into fence at Bathurst Airport

Bathurst Airport: A single engine plane had a minor crash on Saturday.

Bathurst Airport: A single engine plane had a minor crash on Saturday.

Emergency crews rushed to Bathurst Airport on Saturday afternoon after reports an aircraft had crashed into a fence.

Fortunately both the pilot and the passenger in the single engine aircraft escaped injury in the incident, which occurred around 4.30pm.

The pilot is a 29-year-old  man from Sydney, and the aircraft is owned by a Sydney based flight school.

Acting Sergeant Alan Beattie from Chifley Local Area Command said  the Piper Warrior Aircraft was practicing “touch and go” landings, and had landed on the runway, when a gust of wind tipped the aircraft.

“The port wing (left side) struck the runway, and the pilot lost control of the aircraft which skidded 200 metres into a perimeter fence.

“No one was injured, both the pilot and passenger were able to exit the aircraft safely,” he said. 

Police, NSW Ambulance and NSW Fire and Rescue all attended.

The incident is now being looked at by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau.

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