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Pilot crashed in flood-aid effort

The wreckage of a plane crash in which Toobeah farmer and pilot John Monteith Wood, 65, was killed.
The wreckage of a plane crash in which Toobeah farmer and pilot John Monteith Wood, 65, was killed. SUPPLIED

FARMER and pilot John Monteith Wood, 65, was killed when his plane crashed while he was delivering fuel to a flood-stricken neighbour west of Goondiwindi.

Mr Wood and his wife Liz own the property Taraba at Toobeah, about 60km west of Goondiwindi.

Goondiwindi police detective sergeant Brad Browning said Mr Wood was flying his ultralight aircraft to his neighbour's Whynots property on Donovans Road which was cut off by floodwaters.

His neighbour used a bobcat to level a landing strip for Mr Wood and was watching him preparing to land at 2.50pm on Tuesday.

Det. Sgt Browning said Mr Wood's neighbour noticed he was coming in too low and the tail of the aircraft hit powerlines, causing the plane to nose-dive into the ground.

Mr Wood was killed on impact.

His family yesterday issued a statement to The Chronicle and said Mr Wood was a highly respected and valued community member.

“He passed away doing what he loved — flying and helping others,” his family said.

Mr Wood is survived by his wife Liz and family Belinda, Andrew, Lachlan, Monty and Emma.

Det. Sgt Browning said Recreational Aviation Australia was investigating the fatal crash and yesterday attended the crash site to perform a mechanical inspection of the aircraft. A report will be prepared for the coroner.

Police and investigators had to be airlifted to the isolated property.

Three plane crashes occurred in the region between Sunday and Tuesday.

The pilots of the first two crashes near Toowoomba and St George escaped serious injury.


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