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Light plane crashes in Runcorn, south of Brisbane

A pilot's emergency training appears to have saved both his life and that of a friend when the light aircraft crash-landed in a field about 20 kilometres south of Brisbane.

The plane suffered engine failure while the pair were returning to Archerfield Airport after a morning flight over Stradbroke Island.

The aircraft struck a goalpost and metal fence in the St Laurence College playing fields in Runcorn before coming to a stop next to a creek.

The pilot and co-pilot, both 46-year-old men from Brisbane, were taken to the Princess Alexandra Hospital with minor head injuries.

The plane narrowly avoided power lines and a bridge at the crash site. The large playing fields are also surrounded by houses, with the Runcorn train station about a kilometre away

When the pilot notified air traffic controllers that the plane was experiencing difficulties at 7.23am Wednesday, police were contacted and began shutting down roads in case of a potential road landing.


Inspector Rob Graham said the plane had been hired for the day and that the pilot had done "a fantastic job" to land the aircraft given he was only recently qualified.

"During their training they are informed of this field and also the procedures if they've got too much speed is to aim for the goalposts to try and take the speed off," he said.

"They've come down and hit the goalpost, lost the left wing and landed."

Recreational Aviation Australia will now investigate the incident.

Don Chilling, who lives about 100 metres from the crash site, said he heard a noise sounding like "a garage door slamming".

"Later there were sirens and television helicopters flying over and I turned the news on and there it was, in Runcorn," he said.

The plane wreckage was cleared from the scene about 10.30am with temporary road closures also lifted.