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Pilot dies in light plane crash in Tasmania’s north-west

Tasmania Police said the light plane came down soon after take-off at Devonport airport on Saturday. Photo: Twitter
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Police have identified a pilot who died in a light plane crash at Devonport Airport in Tasmania’s north-west on Saturday.

Milfred Knight, 75, from Wesley Vale, was killed when his plane hit the ground.

Tasmania Police said the crash happened shortly after take-off at 3:45pm.

There were no passengers on board and Acting Inspector Richard Chugg said investigations were continuing.

“It’s very early in the investigation but from preliminary inquiries we believe the plane has taken off, and for reasons that are at this stage unknown, has crashed shortly after,” he said.

“I can indicate that Recreational Aviation Australia technicians will be here tomorrow and they’ll be taking part in further investigations.”

Police remained at the crash site on Saturday night and Inspector Chugg said a report would be prepared for the coroner.

“There were a number of witnesses that are still to be spoken to in detail, they’ll be able to assist us further,” he said.

Devonport Aero Club president Terry Travers said Mr Knight was a life member of the club.

“He’s been flying for many years and will be missed,” he said.

“He’s been around since I was boy.

“We don’t know what happened, it’s not something you expect.”