A trainee pilot and an instructor have been seriously injured after a light plane crashed at Orange Airport in western New South Wales.
The plane, a single-engine Cirrus SR-22, was conducting a training flight at the airport located on Aerodrome Road about 7.10pm Tuesday when it crashed on the runway and burst into flames on impact.
The two occupants, a man, and woman were airlifted from the scene to Royal North Shore Hospital suffering critical burns.
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) said investigators will travel to the location on Wednesday morning to collect evidence.
“Once on site, investigators will examine the wreckage, gather any available recorded data and interview any witnesses, amongst other activities,” the ATSB said in a statement.
“The evidence collection phase will define the size and scope of the investigation and determine the expected time frame for the completion of a final report.
“Should a critical safety issue be identified during the course of the investigation, the ATSB will immediately notify relevant parties.”