A RETIRED paramedic has recalled how he rushed to the scene of an ultralight aircraft crash Sunday evening.
Colin Wood heard the crash from his home and hurried 1km to the site with a first-aid kit in his car.
Shane Rawson was taking his mate Stephen Robinson on a joy flight in his trike (motorised hang glider) late Sunday when the accident occurred.
The trike crashed after striking high voltage overhead powerlines, about 5km from Marian.
"One (Mr Rawson) was conscious and the other fella was in a really bad way," Mr Wood said.
The crash is a second blow for Mr Rawson as the Daily Mercury understands he is still grieving over the death of his best mate, Anthony Bezzina, who died at The Leap in August when the non-motorised tricycle he was riding collided with a moving 10-tonne truck on Ian Reddacliff Dr. Mr Rawson was with his friend when he died.
Mr Wood, one of the first at Sunday's ultralight crash scene, said he did what he could to help.
"(Mr Robinson) was trapped in his harness - you could see it was pulling back on him and the air frame had gone in on him and tilted him forward so he was struggling for oxygen."
Mr Wood said the fuel tank was also leaking and the motor was running, prompting him to remove Mr Robinson from the plane.
"He was going downhill real quick so we had to give him an airway - held his head back ... that eased him a bit."
Marian airstrip operator Steve Walz was also among the first on scene.
Mr Walz said he had visited his neighbour, Mr Rawson, in hospital. He had suspected spinal injuries but was awake and alert, Mr Walz said.
Mr Robinson is still unconscious, in a serious but stable condition.
Mr Walz said he suspected Mr Rawson may not have seen the powerlines.
"Shane is very new to (flying)," he said. "He bought himself a trike... when he comes on his days off he gets out and about."
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