11 January 2024

Lucky escape for passengers after Lizard Island plane crash

| Matt Nicholls
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Authorities said the light aircraft flipped after colliding with trees when attempting to take off. Picture: Queensland Ambulance Service

Two people were treated for minor injuries at Cairns Hospital after a light aircraft crashed on Lizard Island off the coast of Cape York on Monday morning.

Queensland Ambulance Service acting assistant commissioner Brina Keating said a call for help was received around 7.30am after a plane taking off from Lizard Island’s runway collided with trees and flipped.

She said nine adults and one 14-year-old girl were on board, with one adult sustaining a minor head injury and another a minor arm injury.

“All were walking – they were able to get out of the aircraft,” she said.

“To walk away from something like that is incredible.”

Two rescue helicopters and a Royal Flying Doctor Service aircraft were sent to the island, which is in Cook Shire Council.

Ms Keating said the cause of the crash was being investigated, with access to the island challenging.

“We were on the scene quite quickly, with RFDS deploying first.”

The Cairns Hospital and Health Service said all 10 patients were in a stable condition.

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