TRAGIC LOSS: Two men died after their plane crashed in a cane field near Fairymead Mill. Photo: Max Fleet / NewsMail
TRAGIC LOSS: Two men died after their plane crashed in a cane field near Fairymead Mill. Photo: Max Fleet / NewsMail Max Fleet

Pilot error blamed for Bundaberg crash in which two died

A PLANE crash in which two people died last year was caused by pilot error, a coronial investigation has found.

The flying instructor and his student died when the light aircraft they were flying smashed nose first into a North Bundaberg cane field in March 2012.

A spokeswoman for the Office of the State Coroner said thorough, independent investigations into the crash were undertaken by the Queensland Police Service and Recreational Aviation Australia.

"Both reports indicated pilot error was the cause of the incident," she said.

"Accordingly the coronial investigation has been concluded."

She said the families of the dead men had been informed of the findings.

"No further details shall be made available due to privacy consideration for the families involved," she said.

The two men who died in the crash were well-known Bundaberg man Hugh Kay, 71, and his 57-year-old student Keven Dickenson, from Gladstone.



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