Burrumbuttock plane crash scene cleared as probe continues

Officers from the NSW police helicopter, Polair, arrive at the scene of a fatal plane crash at Burrumbuttock in which the pilot Kris Barr died. Picture: MATTHEW SMITHWICK

Officers from the NSW police helicopter, Polair, arrive at the scene of a fatal plane crash at Burrumbuttock in which the pilot Kris Barr died. Picture: MATTHEW SMITHWICK

INITIAL investigations are yet to determine what caused pilot Kris Barr to crash his plane on Sunday night.

Mr Barr was killed when his Cessna 182L hit power lines and landed upside down in a Burrumbuttock paddock.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau arrived at the scene on Monday and will return to Canberra today.

Investigator Simon Grummett said initial examination of the plane had failed to determine what led to the crash.

“We’ve finished with the wreckage,” he said.

“It’s been removed from the accident site but we haven’t come any closer to what might have caused the pilot to impact the wire.”

The aircraft has been transported to an insurance company for storage, he said.

“We’ve taken some parts for examination.”

“You get a range of (witness) stories and accounts, and I guess it’s hard to figure out what is actually fact and what people have interpreted.”

The aircraft’s engine components will be further examined in Canberra after being removed from the scene yesterday.

“The investigation is continuing,” Mr Grummett said.

The safety bureau generally produces an initial report within one month of a fatal crash and a more detailed report within six months.

Several witnesses reported hearing Mr Barr’s plane struggling before crashing, and some said they believed he had deliberately avoided homes and the nearby Farmer’s Inn Hotel.

Friends paid tribute to Mr Barr after the crash, remembering him as a generous family man and a “top bloke”.

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