Trainee pilot dies

A TRAINEE pilot from Hong Kong died on Sunday after the ultralight Bristell two-seater plane he was in crashed at Clyde near Cranbourne East last Thursday.

Nineteen-year-old Nicolas Cheung and his instructor, a 25-year-old former Newry man, were airlifted to hospital with serious injuries.

The aircraft crashed in a paddock near Pound and Hardys Rds about 10.40am, with two people on board.

In a statement issued on social media, aviation school Learn To Fly said it had been "devastated and shocked" by the news, and it was assisting Mr Cheung's family, who had flown into Australia from Hong Kong.

His instructor remains in hospital with in a stable condition.

The cause of the crash is yet to be determined, and will be investigated by Recreation Aviation Australia with assistance from police, who will prepare a report for the Coroner.

The company said weather was unlikely to have been a factor in the crash.

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