Vic plane crash victim identified

A Chinese trainee pilot has died after a light plane crash on Melbourne’s outskirts three days ago, with the flight instructor still in hospital.

The 19-year-old identified as Nicholas Cheung died on Saturday after the ultralight Bristell two-seater plane crashed into a paddock in Clyde North on Thursday, police have said.

The flight instructor, a 25-year-old Newry man, remains in The Alfred hospital in a serious but stable condition with a spokesman saying he was “heading in the right direction”.

Flight school Learn to Fly Melbourne said in a statement they were liaising with Mr Cheung’s family after the “terrible tragedy”.

“We have been deeply affected and saddened by the tragic death of Nicholas Cheung on Friday, in particular the impact of this incident on his family,” the statement read.

However, Victoria Police have said Mr Cheung died on Saturday.

The flight school said it would co-operate with investigators to determine the cause of the crash.

“The weather was likely not a factor of the Clyde North plane crash,” the statement read.

The school based at Moorabbin airport will organise a memorial to pay tribute to the student but have not confirmed the date.

Civil Aviation Safety Authority spokesman Peter Gibson said the ultralight was on a training flight when it crashed.

“It was on a dual training flight with an instructor and a student on board,” Mr Gibson said on Thursday.

Recreational Aviation Australia is investigating the crash and spent Thursday and Friday assessing the scene while police will prepare a report for the coroner.


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