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Australia Riverland light plane crash pilot Tim Whitrow in critical condition

06:40  17 november  2019
06:40  17 november  2019 Source:   abc.net.au

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A pilot who was seriously injured in a light plane crash at Renmark North yesterday has been identified as experienced pilot and South Australian winemaker Tim Whitrow.

The ABC understands Mr Whitrow was on the set of a short film when he clipped powerlines and crashed near David Street in South Australia's Riverland at about 6:15pm.

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Renmark residents yesterday told the ABC the plane crashed into vineyards near a dam.

Taya, who did not want her full name published, was a witness of the crash and said she was with a group of people filming a movie in Renmark at the time.

"We were filming a movie in Renmark and we were just in the transportable house and Tim flew in that Saturday morning," she said.

"He was just about to fly home Saturday afternoon and he flew over the house just to say a final goodbye.

"Then I'm guessing he probably couldn't see because the sun was … [at] eye level."

Tim Whitrow.© ABC Tim Whitrow.

It is understood Mr Whitrow is related to Alex and James Whitrow, who are filming a feature film called Roadkill in the region.

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Witness 'had a moment of shock'

Taya said she did not see Mr Whitrow make contact with the powerlines and she was "shocked" when she saw the plane crash to the ground.

"I didn't see him go through the powerlines but I saw the wing of the plane fall off and then I saw the plane just crash into the ground," she said.

"I kind of had a moment of shock … it was just a horrific sound."

She said a neighbour called emergency services and two police vehicles, two ambulances and a fire truck attended the scene.

"They found a way to get him out of the seatbelt. They said that he was conscious, so they were only worried about internal bleeding."

Police yesterday said Recreational Aviation Australia would investigate the crash.

Mr Whitrow made headlines earlier this year when he released footage of a "feisty" koala that made itself comfortable in the back seat of his car at McLaren Vale.

Tim Whitrow© ABC Tim Whitrow

Mr Whitrow was checking on fruit in his family's McLaren Vale vineyard, about 40 kilometres south of Adelaide, when he noticed the animal was in in his car.

He had left the car's door open, with the air conditioner on, so his dog could get in and out while he worked.

The koala eventually left the car and could be seen running across grass before climbing up a gum tree.

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