Pilot death under investigation
The death of a 20-year-old trainee pilot who crashed while undertaking circuits of Hamilton Airport is being looked into by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau.PT1M12S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2ubax 620 349 September 24, 2013
A light aircraft crashed shortly after take-off from Hamilton airport on Monday night, killing a 20-year-old trainee pilot from New South Wales.
Emergency services rushed to the crash site in a paddock, about one-kilometre north of the main runway about 7.45pm.
The Warrnambool Standard reports that it is understood his single-engine Cessna was destroyed in a fiery impact.
The young pilot was involved in night flying training with Sharp Aviation Flying School.
The area was cordoned off and air safety investigators are travelling to Hamilton from Canberra. They are expected to arrive on Tuesday morning.
Local aviation enthusiasts were in shock.
Hamilton Aero Club president Kelvin Rogers said it was the first local air fatality in more than 25 years.
"Hamilton is a widely used commercial and private airport and has a high safety record," Mr Rogers said.
Police spokeswoman Kate Millar said police were investigating and would prepare a report for the coroner.
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau and Civil Aviation Safety Authority will also investigate.
A Country Fire Authority spokeswoman said the fire was quickly extinguished.