A plane crashed in Lancefield in the Macedon Ranges, about 75 kilometres north of Melbourne. The plane crashed into a paddock, north of Melbourne this morning, causing the death of two.
According to several witnesses, they heard the sounds of an engine under pressure. Moments after that, the light aircraft plunged into a horse paddock.
The aircraft exploded into flames outside Lancefield about 11.15am, says Herald Sun.
The plane was flying over the small town when it crashed to the ground. The explosion occurred on impact, says a Victoria Police spokeswoman.
While the fire swallowed the wreckage, local farmers tried to fight the flames with a fire extinguisher.
However, the pilot and passenger on board could not be rescued. Both people on board were believed to be men. The Victoria Police spokeswoman said that a witness described the plane as being “out of control” before it crashed.
The crash site is located in a paddock near the corner of Kyneton – Lancefield and Shannons roads in Lancefield.
Firefighters were informed and called to the scene near Kilmore – Lancefield Rd, near Shannons Rd, about 11.30am. One man, who was one of the first on the scene, said that he called triple-0 at 11.33 am. He made the call after witnessing the plane hit the ground and “explode” on impact.
According to The Age, police are trying to establish the identity of the deceased and characteristics of the wrecked aircraft.
The Kyneton Aero Club manages Kyneton’s airfield. Steve Edwards, president of the Kyneton Aero Club, said that the local piloting community had a close relationship.
He claimed that he did not believe the deceased were from the club.
“It’s tragic,” Edwards said. “It is a tight community up here and I don’t believe it is one of ours.”
According to another spokesman for Riddell Airfield, at Clarkfield, it was not possible to confirm where the aircraft had taken off.
Local police from Kyneton are urging anyone, who may have witnessed the plane in distress or who may have heard anything, to call them on 5421 2900.
Witnesses can also contact Crimestoppers at 1800 333 000.