2015 March: Crop Duster Crash Mortlake.

Pilot killed in light plane crash while crop dusting near Warrnambool in western Victoria

A pilot has been killed in a light plane crash near Warrnambool, in Victoria’s south-west.

The Piper Pawnee PA-25 crop duster came down on a property on the Hamilton Highway at Mortlake about 9:30am (AEDT).

Local residents saw the plane in the area but there were no witnesses to the crash.

Residents called police when they saw a plume of smoke.

The pilot, believed to be a 24-year-old Cavendish man, died at the scene, but has not yet been formally identified.

Police said the emergency services attended the scene but it appears the pilot died either on or shortly after impact.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau will investigate the cause of the crash.

Any witnesses are urged to contact Crime Stoppers.