Pilot killed in crash identified
A 63-year-old Lismore pilot was killed when his plane crashed while crop dusting at a private property on the New South Wales-Queensland border about 4:30pm yesterday.
Neville Bienke, from Modanville, was a respected pilot, flight instructor and long-time member of the Northern Rivers Aero Club at Lismore Airport, where he had his own hanger for his planes.
According to Queensland police, Mr Bienke’s single-engine plane exploded on impact at the property south of Dirranbandi during a crop fertilising operation, killing him instantly.
He was the only occupant of the aircraft.
It took emergency services several hours to reach the isolated crash site which police guarded overnight.
Australian Transport Safety Bureau investigators are in attendance at the crash scene today to initiate inquiries.
Police will prepare a report for the coroner on the incident.