Pilot critical to life after small plane crash in Bankstown

A pilot was hospitalized in critical condition after a light aircraft crashed in south-west Sydney on Friday afternoon.

Emergency services were called to the scene at Bankstown Airport after a light aircraft was reported to have landed and crashed on the tarmac around 3.45pm.

The pilot, who was the only person on the plane, was trapped after the plane went down upside down.

NSW Ambulance Inspector Craig Watkins said paramedics had to administer CPR to the man after he went into cardiac arrest.

“This was a potentially dangerous scene, with fuel leaking from a light aircraft that had crashed with one person on board,” he said.

“As soon as the scene was secured by Fire and Rescue NSW, paramedics accessed the patient and began treating him for multiple injuries as he went into cardiac arrest.

“Paramedics performed CPR and were able to restart the man’s heart before taking him to the hospital.”

The pilot had to be cut from the plane.

The pilot had to be cut from the plane.Credit:NSW Ambulance

He is now in Liverpool Hospital being treated for arm, chest, leg and spine injuries.

Nine News reported that the crash was believed to have been caused by a strong gust of wind.

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Justin Scacco

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