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Twelve-year-old girl killed in Casino plane crash

A 12-year-old girl has been killed in a plane crash in northern NSW.

The pilot, a 52-year-old man, escaped from the wreckage with minor injuries.

Police said he and the girl's father, also a passenger, pulled her from the plane and gave her first aid but she did not survive.

The father, 38, is in a serious condition after being flown to Lismore Base Hospital.

Police believe the three had set out on a joy flight from Murwillumbah when the aircraft hit power lines and crashed into the Clarence River, south-west of Casino.

The pilot alerted authorities from a neighbouring property.

The four-seater aircraft remains upside-down in the Clarence River and is being examined by forensic officers.

An investigation into the cause of the crash will be undertaken by the Australian Transportation Safety Bureau.