Plane flies into ferris wheel

TWO children amazingly escaped injury when a light plane crashed into a ferris wheel they were riding at a fair on the NSW mid-north coast yesterday.

The nine-year-old boy and 13-year-old girl were riding the ferris wheel at the Old Bar Fair, near Taree, when the ultra-light Cheetah S200 crashed into the top of the ride two carriages in front of them.

The children watched in horror as the plane slammed into an empty carriage just after it took off about 10am.

They escaped injury but were trapped at the top of the ride for 90 minutes.

Miraculously, the pilot, a 53-year-old man from Taree, and his 32-year-old male passenger from Queensland, also escaped injury.

They too were trapped inside the wreckage, which started leaking fuel and oil.

It was understood the crash investigation would look into whether the ferris wheel was erected too close to the end of the nearby Old Bar airstrip. A police spokeswoman said the children were rescued about 11.30am using a cherry-picker and “were pretty excited” when they got down.

Rescuers then turned their attention to the pilot and passenger, who were freed about 12.45pm.

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