One reportedly dead in Middle Island plane crash, three others injured

A woman has died after a light tourist plane crashed on a beach near the Queensland town of 1770, south of Gladstone.

The Department of Foreign Affairs has confirmed it is aware of the crash and is providing consular assistance to the Irish woman's family.

The male pilot, aged in his 60s was airlifted to Bundaberg Hospital, where he remains in a critical condition. The other two were flown to Rockhampton.

A 13-year-old boy has a possible broken leg, and is in a stable condition.

A spokeswoman for the Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) said what caused the crash hasn't yet been determined.

Another woman suffered head and leg injuries, while two men on board suffered lower leg fractures and cuts to the head.

"It took a little while for (the rescue services) to get there...(but) I'd really like to thank all of the emergency workers and the backpackers too...even though they didn't understand CPR they just jumped up and helped", Mr Rhoades said.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau will have investigators at the scene for three or four more days, according to the report.

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She told reporters: "Because of the location and communications, it's hard to ascertain who the deceased was".

Three passengers and local pilot Les Woodall were flying to the remote island from Agnes Water when the Cessna 172 crashed into a beach on the eastern side of the island about 10.45am.

"The last thing you want to see is an aircraft crash with people deceased and people who are in pretty serious trouble".

Detective Inspector Jane Healy told local media the early investigations show a mechanical fault was to blame.

"The aircraft is a small plane, I believe it is involved in tourist activities around that area".

IN AN exclusive interview with The Observer, owner of 1770 Castaway Bruce Rhoades hailed his "best mate" Les "Woody" Woodall a hero after the plane he was flying crashed into the sand at Middle Island.

A female backpacker, in her 20s, has died in a plane crash on a beach in Queensland, Australia.

The rescue mission involving the injured passengers, who reportedly flew in a plane operated for a tourism business called 1770 castaway Fly-in Island Adventures, was expected to take several hours.

  • Megan Austin