Mine surveyors rescued after Goldfields plane crash

Two men carrying out an airborne mine survey in the Eastern Goldfields have been rescued after their plane crashed yesterday afternoon.

Two men carrying out an airborne mine survey in the Eastern Goldfields have been rescued after their plane crashed yesterday afternoon. 

The West Australian reports the men were seriously injured in the crash and spent five hours trapped upside down before they were freed.

The small Cessna 210 they were travelling in crashed upside down on the salt flats of Lake Cowan, about 60km north-east of Norseman, at 3.30pm.

One of the men managed to report the incident with his satellite phone. 

The 67-year-old pilot and his 52-year-old passenger, both from Perth, were conscious when the RAC Rescue helicopter arrived. 

The helicopter left from Jandakot Airport in Perth’s southern suburbs and took just over four hours to reach the crash site.

It took around half an hour to free the men.

According to The West Australian, both men are in a stable condition in intensive care at Kalgoorlie Hospital and will be transferred to Perth in the next few days.

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