Five people killed after plane crashed into sand dunes near Lockhart River

Mar 11, 2020
The wreckage of a plane was located on a beach on Cape York Peninsula this afternoon. Source: Getty (stock image)

Five people have tragically died in a plane crash after emergency services located a wreckage near Lockhart River on Wednesday.

This afternoon, Queensland Police confirmed they had located the wreckage of a plane on a beach near the remote community on Cape York Peninsula, in the far north of the state, after a search was launched for a missing light aircraft.

A police spokesperson confirmed that a search and rescue effort was launched, in collaboration with the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) at around 11.30am this morning.

Two rescue helicopters from Cairns and Horn Island and AMSA’s Challenger Search and Rescue jet from Cairns were dispatched to the location and around two hours later, at 1.20pm AEST, emergency services located the debris.

“Emergency services located the wreckage of a plane at about 1:20pm on a beach in an easterly direction of the Lockhart River Airstrip,” a force spokesperson said. “There is no further information at this time.”

The Cessna 404 aircraft was operating a chartered flight from Cairns, with reports suggesting those onboard may have been government workers. However police have refused to confirm any details about the victims.

Speaking in Cairns this afternoon, a police spokesperson confirmed to reporters that the flight crashed into sand dunes around 4km outside of the community of Lockhart River on its third attempt to land.

Describing the weather conditions in the area as “pretty rough”, the spokesman said that “nobody survived the crash” and confirmed that five people – four passengers and a pilot – had been on board.

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