Pilot dies after Qld light plane crash

Nick GibbsAAP
Police are responding to reports of a light aircraft incident near Caloundra.
Camera IconPolice are responding to reports of a light aircraft incident near Caloundra. Credit: AAP

A pilot has died after his light aircraft crashed at a remote wetland in Pumicestone Passage near Bribie Island, north of Brisbane.

The pilot was the solo occupant of a plane seen "descending rapidly" into mangroves on Wednesday morning before emergency services rushed to the scene 40 kilometres north of the Queensland capital.

The aircraft, know as an Acroduster, is a two seater that comes in a kit and is specifically designed for performing acrobatics, Civil Aviation Safety Authority spokesman Peter Gibson said.

The fatal crash destroyed the plane which came to rest inverted in the mangroves, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau said in a statement on Wednesday.

"A team of transport safety investigators with experience in aircraft operations and maintenance was deploying to the accident site from the ATSB's Brisbane office on Wednesday afternoon," a spokesperson said.

"Once on site, investigators will map the accident site with a drone, and should access permit, look to examine the wreckage. The ATSB will also analyse available recorded data and interview witnesses and other involved parties."

Witnesses are being asked to contact the ATSB and a preliminary report from the investigation is expected in coming weeks.

Earlier a flight paramedic was winched to the scene of the crash and Queensland Ambulance confirmed one person was assessed with critical injuries.

The incident was reported to police at about 9.25am and the first of three fire and emergency crews arrived shortly after.

The Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter, water police boats and Marine Rescue Queensland vessels are also involved.

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