NEW VIDEO: Noosa ultralight crash investigation underway

THE pilot behind the controls of an ultralight aircraft remains in a critical condition in Royal Brisbane Hospital. 

The latest condition report from hospital staff indicates the 57-year-old's condition has not changed since he was flown to the hospital by the RACQ Careflight Helicopter yesterday morning.

The pilot was flying a weightshift ultralight, or as it is known, a trike ultralight, when he plummeted about 200m into the ocean at Noosa Main Beach. 

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The Sunshine Coast pilot suffered head, chest and abdominal injuries. 

His name had not been released.

Police retrieve the ultrslight that crashed off Noosa Main beach. Photo: John McCutcheon / Sunshine Coast Daily
Police retrieve the ultrslight that crashed off Noosa Main beach. Photo: John McCutcheon / Sunshine Coast Daily john mccutcheon

Witnesses have given conflicting reports of what went wrong a short time later over Noosa Main Beach.

Some said the pilot lost control when he attempted a manoeuvre while others reported what looked like mechanical failure before the aircraft went into a free fall, spun upside down and crashed nose-first into the water.

He was brought to shore by lifesavers who rescued him in an IRB. 

The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating the crash with the assistance of the Hang Gliding Federation of Australia.

Federation operations manager Brett Coupland said his team would help compile  a report, inspect the aircraft equipment and offer their expertise to help piece together what went wrong. 

He said the aircraft was registered to the Hang Gliding Federation of Australia. 

"It is not common for something like this to happen with the aircraft, but that's not to say it doesn't ever happen," Mr Coupland.

"The reports that are compiled will eventually be sent to the Australian Transport and Safety Bureau."


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