News

Manslaughter charge laid over Ewingar plane crash

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

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.

Topics:  ewingar, lismore local court, manslaughter, nsw police, plane crash, richmond local area command




Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

McKimms win Grafton Cup naming rights

CRJC chairman Graeme Green and vice chairman Stephen Haines (right) with Adam Crawley from McKimms Real Estate after McKimms were named as naming rights sponsor for the 2016 Grafton Cup.

McKimm's Real Estate Grafton Cup to highlight July Carnival.

Politics in the Pub forum: Education funding is key

Adam Curlis, Sharryn Usher and Bob Boughton at the Politics in the Pub on Education at the Jacaranda Hotel on Friday, May 27.

Educators talked government funding at Politics in the Pub.

WATCH: Firefighting championships off to a fighting start

Peter Schmid of Mittagong and deputy captain of Fire Rescue NSW Grafton Mark Aspinall test out the hoses as they setup the venue for firefighter championships.

Fire and Rescue NSW Regional Championships kicked off this Satuday.

Latest deals and offers

Perfect time to invest in Northern Rivers property

The Northern Rivers rental market is tighter than Sydney making it the perfect time for investors to get better returns out of property than superannuation or banks deposits.

Low interest rates and tight rental market are prime time to invest