New South Welsh Premier Gladys Berejiklian has called for an urgent investigation after a plane crashed in Australia’s north-west.
Key points:The plane crashed into the bush near the town of Lismore, about 140km from SydneyThe Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) says there were no survivors on boardThe plane had been heading for MelbourneThe NT Ambulance Service has taken over the investigationThe plane was a Boeing 737-800, an aircraft that has been the subject of controversy for a number of years, including a 2015 crash in Australia that killed five people.
It is understood that the plane had flown from Melbourne to Lismores airport.
“We are now in the process of contacting the relevant authorities in the region and the investigation is ongoing,” Ms Berejicklian said in a statement.
“Our thoughts are with those on board and the families of the people who were on board.”
Ms Berejklis said she would be meeting with the airline’s chief executive to discuss the incident and that she was “saddened” by the loss of life.
“I have spoken with the chief executive, who has confirmed he is aware of the incident, and I have spoken to the chief pilot, who confirmed that they are aware of it,” she said.
“There is an ongoing investigation into this crash.”
In a statement, the NT Ambulate Service (NTAS) said it was assisting with the investigation.
“The NTAS has been assisting with inquiries and inquiries have been received from the Australian Transport Security Bureau (ATSSB) into the incident,” the statement said.’
Very sad’The plane’s pilot, Martin Loughran, told the ABC he had been in the air for a couple of hours and had not had any problems.
“It was a pretty smooth flight.
The aircraft didn’t even touch down,” he said.
He said the plane was flying at an altitude of about 20,000 feet (6,500 metres).
“We didn’t get any contact, no radar contact,” he added.
The NT Airways flight was one of two Boeing 737s that collided in 2015, killing five people in the northern parts of Australia.
The plane that crashed into a bush near Lismoris airport in the Northern Territory last month has not been found.
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