‘Miracle’ escape for pilot in Myrtleford crash

A MYRTLEFORD pilot escaped serious injury after his light aircraft crashed on landing yesterday.

The man, 65, suffered a minor laceration to his right shin after the aircraft crashed about 3pm on a private airstrip in Whalley’s Lane, Myrtleford.

Ambulance Victoria spokesman John Mullen said the pilot got himself out of the aircraft and walked 200 metres to a nearby house.

He was taken to Northeast Health Wangaratta for observation.

Myrtleford Leading Sen-Constable Anthony Short said it was a miracle the pilot was not seriously injured.

“It was an extremely fortunate outcome,” he said.

“There was a great response from Myrtleford SES, CFA and Ambulance Victoria.

“Emergency services all attended within minutes of the report of an accident.”

The pilot will make his own report to the Civil Aviation Safety Authority.

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