AustraliaRace against time to save Fraser Island tourist plane from rising sea

05:26  04 september  2019
05:26  04 september  2019 Source:   brisbanetimes.com.au

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A tourist plane became bogged on a Fraser Island beach during take-off on Wednesday, sparking a frantic dig to Initial reports on Wednesday morning described the incident as "an emergency landing", but Air Fraser Island owner Gerry Geltch said the aircraft involved was taxiing for take-off at the time .

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Race against time to save Fraser Island tourist plane from rising sea© Phil Switzer - Queensland Ambulance Service The light plane made a "low-impact" landing on Fraser Island and became bogged, according to paramedics.

A tourist plane ploughed nose-first into the sand on a Fraser Island beach and became bogged, sparking a frantic dig to save it from being washed away by the ocean.

The six people aboard were not hurt after the mishap on a stretch two kilometres north of Eurong, on the eastern side of the island, about 8.20am on Wednesday.

But the passengers quickly realised the risk of losing the plane to the sea.

Queensland Ambulance Service Fraser Island officer in charge Phil Switzer said police officers and a crowd of bystanders frantically dug the plane out of the sand as the water threatened to take the aircraft.

"One of the aircraft was bogged in the ocean, police were already on scene and there was a large crowd on scene and another aircraft," he said.

"All occupants of the aircraft were out and the police were attempting to assist in getting the aircraft un-bogged before it became taken by the ocean.

"The aircraft was successfully recovered after about 30 minutes with the assistance of police and bystanders."

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