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Bunbury plane crash: Pilot continues fighting for life in Royal Perth Hospital

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Police said the accident unfolded when the kit-built Zenith CH-801 light aircraft crashed at the end of the runway on the eastern side of the South West Highway.
Camera IconPolice said the accident unfolded when the kit-built Zenith CH-801 light aircraft crashed at the end of the runway on the eastern side of the South West Highway. Credit: Craig Duncan

A pilot continues to fight for his life three days after a plane crash at Bunbury Airport.

The pilot was flown to Royal Perth Hospital after he was cut from the wreckage about 2.45pm on Friday.

Police said the accident unfolded when the kit-built Zenith CH-801 light aircraft crashed at the end of the runway on the eastern side of the South West Highway.

The pilot was flown to Royal Perth Hospital after he was cut from the wreckage about 2.45pm on Friday.
Camera IconThe pilot was flown to Royal Perth Hospital after he was cut from the wreckage about 2.45pm on Friday. Credit: 7NEWS/ 7NEWS

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The pilot is understood to have suffered major trauma, including a shattered pelvis and facial injuries after the privately owned aircraft crashed — leaving him trapped inside.

He remains in critical condition at RPH on Monday.

In a statement issued on Saturday, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau said it was still “gathering further information regarding the accident.”

“As reported to the ATSB, the aircraft veered to the left after take-off before colliding with the ground,” the statement said.

“The ATSB will assess the circumstances of the accident to determine whether conducting an investigation has the potential to lead to new safety learnings.”

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