Teenage pilot walks away from Jindabyne crash

Jabiru J160 made in Australia. Credit: Recreational pilots

A teenage pilot was able to walk away after the small airplane he was flying crash-landed in south-east New South Wales due to low visibility and fog.

Emergency services were alerted that a light aircraft had gone missing from Jindabyne airport after the Jabiru single-engine aircraft piloted by a 16-year-old boy did not return to the airport at 4.40pm.

A search commenced for the aircraft, which was located about 6.45pm on a property at Khancoban, NSW police said.

The teenage pilot who was on his fourth solo flight had been able to walk to a nearby home and raise the alarm.

The plane had crash-landed in the paddock after low light and fog prevented him from returning to the airport.

The search was immediately called off and emergency services attended the location where the teenager was found to be unharmed.

Minor damage only was occasioned to the undercarriage of the plane.

Police from Albury Local Area Command commenced their investigation into the cause of the crash and have alerted air investigators.