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May 18, 2011

Royal Australian Air Force Aerobatic Plane Crash Injures Two

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A Royal Australian Air Force plane crashed at the East Sale airbase in Victoria, Australia, injuring two pilots, officials said Wednesday.

Royal Australian Air Force Pilatus PC-9

Royal Australian Air Force Pilatus PC-9 similar to the crashed aircraft. (Photo by GrahameB/CC BY-SA 3.0)

The accident occurred at around 3:15 p.m. local time when the Pilatus PC-9/A aircraft’s engine experienced some type of failure during a routine training flight, the Sydney Morning Herald reported. The pilot and his student were able to eject safely before the aircraft crashed, around 1 kilometer from the airbase’s runway.

The two injured crew members are currently in stable condition at a local hospital where they will stay overnight for further monitoring.



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