UPDATE: RYAN Campbell, the youngest pilot to fly solo around the world, has been confirmed as the pilot in a fatal Tiger Moth crash which killed a retired NSW train driver.

News Corp reported Gary Turnbull, 58, is believed to have been killed instantly when the World War II-era aircraft slammed into a paddock near Pimpama shortly after taking off on a joyflight.

Mr Turnbull's daughter Ruby was at the Tiger Moth Joy Rides airfield when the tragedy happened.

Mr Campbell rang 000 moments after the crash to report it. 

He was trapped in the wreckage by his legs for half an hour before being rushed to hospital in a critical condition. He was on Tuesday listed as being in  a serious condition.

Many in the aviation community have wished him a speedy recovery in Facebook posts.

Despite his young age, Mr Campbell is a very experienced pilot.

He flew solo for his first time time on his 15th birthday and gained his pilot's licence just after 17.

Last year, he was nominated for a News Corp Pride of Australia medal for the 2013 round-the-world flight that saw him traverse 15 countries in a Cessna in 70 days, logging more than 200 hours in the air.

Ryan Campbell posted this photo on Facebook to describe the thrill of flying the Tiger Moth.
Ryan Campbell posted this photo on Facebook to describe the thrill of flying the Tiger Moth.

Two weeks ago, beneath a Facebook photo of him flying what is believed to be the yellow Tiger Moth he crashed, Mr Campbell posted "flying is super safe - it's the sudden stop that'll hurt you".

A friend warned: "Watch them old birds, they can be twitchy."

The scene from above the Tiger Moth crash at Norwell, near Pimpama. Photo: Nine News
The scene from above the Tiger Moth crash at Norwell, near Pimpama. Photo: Nine News

Man in his 50s dies after Tiger Moth crashes

A MAN in his 50s has died after a Tiger Moth plane crashed near the Gold Coast, critically injuring its 21-year-old pilot.

Queensland Ambulance reported the man, 58, died in the crash while the young pilot was rushed to hospital with critical injuries.

The accident happened at Norwell, north of the Gold Coast on Monday morning.

Police responded to reports around 9.25am that a plane had crashed in a field off Kerkin Road North.

It is believed that the two men were on-board at the time of the incident.

One man was located deceased at the scene, and another was trapped for a short time before being transported to the Princess Alexandra Hospital with critical injuries.

Nine News reported the passenger's daughter was watching the joyflight.

Police said they were assisting other agencies with the investigation.

The Queensland Ambulance Service received a call at 9.30am that the Tiger Moth had crashed near its base at Jacobs Well Road, Pimpama, the Gold Coast Bulletin reported.

An ambulance services spokesman confirmed one person died in the crash and another was trapped by the legs in the wreckage as emergency service personnel work to free them.

The Westpac rescue chopper has landed in a field about 2km from the hangar of Tiger Moth Joy Rides.

There were strong winds in the area at the time.

 


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