An ex-military fighter jet aircraft has crashed at the Bankstown Airport, Sydney, on Friday afternoon. It slid off the runway and had to make an emergency landing.
There are no reports of fatalities after the Bankstown Airport incident. There was a 51-year-old male pilot accompanied by a 28-year-old woman passenger in the plane. However, both of them are safe and have not been injured.
Almost seven members from NSW Fire and Rescue Services reported on the spot from Liverpool, Bankstown, Guildford, Chester Hill, and Revesby. They arrived at the spot following reports f an aviation emergency at around 3:30 p.m.
According to reports, the jet is believed to be a decommissioned MiG fighter that is used for joy journeys. The jet failed to take off and went onto the grass. A spokeswoman from fire services said that a fuel spill led to such an unfortunate incident. Firefighters used to control the situation at Bankstown Airport and used foam to decamp the fuel from the jet aircraft.
“The plane has gone off [the runway] onto a grass verge,” she said. “We’ve put a layer of foam over the fuel [on the runway] and are looking at decanting the fuel from the plane.”
NSW Police said that the Bankstown Airport incident has been reported and referred to the Civil Aviation Safety Authority, which said the plane had a nose wheel issue. The jet is an L39 Albatross (Czech) VH-KVZ, which is a 1976 fighter trainer, Channel Nine reported.
Recent Plane Crashes
Recently, a light plane crashed on Tuesday at Melbourne’s Essendon Airport. There were five people onboard, including four Americans. All the five passengers, including an Aussie pilot, died in the incident. Pilot Max Quartermain, according to reports, was already accused because of his involvement in a mishap earlier in 2015.
In the incident, two planes were about to collide prompting to a near-death experience for 18 people onboard. The fellow pilots held Quartermain responsible for the mishap.
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau reports have suggested that the investigation on the past matter still continued. However, it has been revealed as of now that there was some error in GPS equipment that led to the 2015 midair near-miss collision.
BANKSTOWN AIRPORT | #FRNSW on scene. Plane crashed landed on runway. All passengers out. Fuel spillage.
— Fire & Rescue NSW (@FRNSW) February 24, 2017