Two Essential Energy contractors killed in light plane crash

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Investigations are continuing into what caused the death of two Essential Energy contractors after the light plane they were in crashed into a paddock north of Canberra on Tuesday, April 13.

Reports have revealed the pilot, 31 and the passenger, 18, of the Essential Energy-branded Cessna owned by Oberon Aviation were carrying out powerline inspections.

Emergency response crews were called to the scene at approximately 4:30pm on Tuesday, but the two contractors were declared dead at the scene.

NSW Police said the families of the deceased have been notified, and a report will be prepared by the coroner.

Superintendent Paul Condon said the investigation into the cause of the incident has been turned over to the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB).

Oberon Aviation said in a statement they are leaving “no stone unturned” in finding the cause of the incident.

“This is a very difficult time for us–we’re a small aviation business company, and family, and have lost two of our members,” a spokesperson for the company told Port Macquarie News.

“We can’t speculate on what might have caused this tragic accident while formal investigations are underway.

“However, our families and staff can be assured that we will leave no stone unturned in finding the cause of this accident.”

Essential Energy said the company’s thoughts remain with the families, friends and colleagues of the two people who died.

“Authorities are currently investigating the incident and Essential Energy is providing full support,” a spokesperson said.

“It would not be appropriate for us to provide any further information while the police investigation is underway.”

More to come.