Lucky escape after plane crash at Bacchus Marsh

The home-built plane which flipped during landing at Bacchus Marsh. PICTURE: DALE SALATHIEL

The home-built plane which flipped during landing at Bacchus Marsh. PICTURE: DALE SALATHIEL

A HUSBAND and wife escaped unscathed after their hand-built plane flipped on the runway while trying to land at Bacchus Marsh today.

Bacchus Marsh Senior Sergeant Edward "Jim" Lappin said the couple, in their 50s, left the accident uninjured.

"From what I'm told it veered off to the right of the runway upon landing, there's some wing and propeller damage," he said.

"It was the man's maiden flight with the plane, even though he's an experienced pilot.

"It would have been like landing a three-wheeled motorbike, it's only a small little plane.

"It was a home-made plane, although it doesn't look like it."

Airfield engineer "Chipper" said the couple were regulars at the airfield.

"The plane is (damaged), but they're OK," he said.

"It tipped onto its head ... I've got to drag it back to the hangar.

"They're a husband and wife, they're regular flyers here. They built it."

The accident occurred about 1.20pm, said Bacchus Marsh SES unit controller Bill Robson.

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