SES and Police divers pictured in April trying to retrieve the plane that crashed into the Clarence River at Yates Crossing, Ewingar.
SES and Police divers pictured in April trying to retrieve the plane that crashed into the Clarence River at Yates Crossing, Ewingar. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Manslaughter charge laid over Ewingar plane crash

A PILOT has been charged with manslaughter following a fatal plane crash at Ewingar earlier this year.

Emergency services were called to Ewingar Ridge Road about 11am on Saturday, April 12, after a light-plane crashed into the Clarence River.

The pilot, a 53-year-old man, and a male passenger, aged 35, managed to free themselves in the wreckage; however, the passenger's daughter remained trapped.

The 11-year-old girl died at the scene.

Both men were treated in Lismore Base Hospital for serious injuries.

Police from Richmond Local Area Command established Strike Force Vanin to investigate the circumstances surrounding the crash.

Local police were assisted by investigators from the Police Air Wing and the Civil Aviation Authority.

Following extensive inquiries, the pilot attended Lismore Police Station about 9.30am today where he was issued a court attendance notice for the following offences:

  • Manslaughter;
  • Recklessly inflict grievous bodily harm;
  • Endanger life of another person; and
  • Fly aircraft below 500 feet.

The Goonengerry man will appear at Lismore Local Court on October 7.


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