Two people have been rescued from a light plane crash in Nattai National Park near Camden in Sydney’s south-west.
The plane came down in a river near Burragorang Road, at Nattai National Park, after what the pilot described as a sudden engine failure.
Neither the pilot nor his passenger was seriously hurt and both were winched to safety by a NSW Ambulance helicopter and flown to Bankstown Airport.
The pilot said he was forced to attempt an emergency landing after the engine failed.
“We just had a bit of a problem with the engine,” he said.
“We were basically over the mountain and, at 3,500 feet had a complete engine failure without warning and basically had nowhere to go apart from the gully.
“So we chose a swamp. That was the perfect place.”
Police received reports the small plane had come down about 3:15pm.
|The pilot (right) and passenger (left) both escaped the crash without serious injuries. (ABC News)|
“Emergency services immediately commenced a search for the aircraft, locating it in bushland in the Nattai Conservation Park,” a NSW Police statement said.
“Two people travelling in the plane were winched to safety by a NSW Ambulance helicopter.
“The plane remains in situ, partly submerged in a river in the national park.”
The national park is home to dense bushland, rugged hiking trails and sandstone cliffs.