Plane crash claims one
Saturday, 17th May, 2014
By Andrew Robertson
A man who was killed when his ultralight crashed near Ivanhoe yesterday morning was believed to be a married father from Pooncarie.
Police have not released the man’s name but it’s believed he was 35-year-old Dallas Griffiths, who lived in Pooncarie with his wife and child.
Balranald local Tony Conway said Mr Griffiths worked as a contractor and his mother owned a station property in the Balranald region.
“He has got a lot of family in this area,” Mr Conway said.
Police said the pilot was mustering stock when his plane went down on a property about 50km south of Ivanhoe.
He survived the crash and was treated at the scene by emergency services who responded shortly before 8am local time.
They said the man suffered serious head, leg and ankle injuries and was taken to the Ivanhoe health service where he died.
In an earlier statement, police said the RFDS was preparing to airlift the man to Broken Hill for further treatment.
They said the aircraft was completely destroyed in the crash.
Police from the Barrier Local Area Command are investigating the crash and a report will be prepared for the coroner.
Mr Griffiths is the second man to lose his life in the region in six months while piloting a small aircraft.
In November last year 33-year-old Luke Betts died when his light plane crashed in outback South Australia.
The married father of three was an organic sheep farmer from Mungerannie Station.