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Charter passenger dies in East Kimberley plane crash

A Beechcraft Baron similar to the one involved in the fatal Kununurra crash. Photo: US Plane Sales
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A passenger has died and a pilot is seriously injured after a charter plane crashed in Western Australia’s remote north.

WA Police confirmed the male in his 50s lost consciousness during the rescue efforts and could not be revived.

The pilot of the twin-engine Beechcraft Baron, a 29-year-old man, is expected to be flown to a Darwin hospital after sustaining serious injuries.

The plane crashed shortly after 8.30am on Saturday as the pilot was trying to land at the East Kimberley Regional Airport in Kununurra.

Australian Transport Safety Bureau investigators are making their way to the scene to examine the wreckage and determine the cause of the crash.

Investigators will also review flight data, maintenance and pilot records.

“The ATSB asks anyone who may have seen the aircraft in any phase of its flight, or who may have footage of any kind, to make contact,” the bureau said.

ATSB’s preliminary report on the crash is expected within eight weeks.

WA Police said a report would be prepared for the coroner.