8 Oct 2011

Skydiving plane crashes east of Melbourne

10:03 pm on 8 October 2011

A pilot and one of five skydivers who were on a plane that crashed into a creek east of Melbourne have been airlifted to hospital.

The light plane went down around on Saturday afternoon near the Tooradin Airfield, which is in mangroves on the shore of Western Port.

The ABC reports that the pilot, a man in his 50s, has two broken legs and was taken out of the area by boat.

A skydiver in his late 20s has pelvic injuries and was winched into an ambulance helicopter.

Paramedics on the scene are being treated for hypothermia after being in the water for too long.

Some paramedics have been burnt by aviation fuel.

Details on the other passengers are not known at this stage.