• Plane and glider it was towing are believed to have collided south of Gympie
  • Two men, one from each aircraft, treated but it is understood both died
  • Farm workers and emergency workers rushed to the ‘traumatic scene’


Two men have died in a tragic air accident believed to be mid-air collision between a glider and an Ultralight aircraft in south-east Queensland.

Ambulance, police and fire and rescue crews rushed to the scene of the accident at Gympie airport at Kybong, inland from the Sunshine Coast, on Wednesday afternoon.

One man from each aircraft died in the paddock the two planes crashed in, with wreckage strewn across a 200 metre area.

An unnamed emergency services worker told Daily Mail Australia the scene in the paddock was ‘traumatic’ for all attending emergency crews, while police said a ‘graphic’ scene confronted them.

A witness who lives on a neighbouring property said he was sitting on his veranda when a loud bang rang out.

‘We thought that didn’t sound like a gunshot and we looked up and saw white bits of plane falling out of the sky,’ he told 7News. 

Reports say a plane collided with a glider that it was towing, before both crashed into a paddock, the Courier Mail reported.

Nearby farm workers also reported hearing a loud explosion at the accident.

Lindsay Mitchell from Gliding Australia said one of the men who died was an experienced glider pilot.

The incident was reported to emergency services around 2.50pm.

Queensland Police Service confirmed it attended ‘an aviation incident at Kybong involving two light aircraft… following reports the aircraft crashed.’

On Wednesday evening a QPS spokesman said its forensic crash unit was investigating the possibility of a mid-air collision at the Gympie airport.

‘This is a little local airport, many people here know each other and go gliding together, it’s a small regional club, it will hit the local community very hard.’ 

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services sent three crews to the accident site on Glory Hill Road, which is just south of the Gympie Aerodrome.

Neither pilot had been identified as of Wednesday evening and next-of-kin have not yet been informed.