2006 March: Morundah (NSW) Crop Duster Accident

Pilot Killed in Crop Duster Crash

March 27 2006

A pilot has died in a crop-duster crash in southern NSW.

Police said the light plane went down in an open paddock in Morundah, 55km south-west of the Riverina town of Narrandera, about 9am (AEDT) today.

It is believed the male pilot, who is yet to be formally identified, was the only person on board the plane.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau is travelling from Canberra to investigate the crash.

NSW Fire Brigades spokesman Gordon Boath said it was initially feared the pesticide from the crashed crop-duster could pose a safety risk.

But hazardous material crews had declared the area safe, he said.

A fire brigade rescue unit helped remove the pilot’s body from the plane.