Five days after a light plane crash in western Victoria, two survivors are recovering in hospital as investigators continue to examine the aircraft wreckage.
The men were flying in a fixed-wing aircraft which came down at Black Range, north of Stawell Airport, just before 1pm on Friday.
An Alfred Hospital spokeswoman confirmed the man in his 20s has been downgraded from a critical condition to serious but stable, but is still “quite sick”.
The man in his 40s remains at the Royal Melbourne Hospital in a stable condition.
Investigations are underway into a plane crash that left two men fighting for life on Friday, with one man still in a critical condition.
The men were airlifted to hospital in Melbourne at the time with “life-threatening” injuries after their plane crashed in a paddock off Pomonal Road in Stawell.
Emergency services were called at about 1pm after the Bristell S-LSA model light plane was seen falling from the sky and “in trouble”.
Police, ambulance, SES and CFA members were quick to track down the plane, assisting the two men at the scene.
Air ambulances were called to airlift the men to hospital. A man in his 40s was taken to the Royal Melbourne Hospital in a serious condition with facial and head injuries, but was moved to a stable condition on Friday evening.
Two investigators from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau arrived at the scene for the first time on Monday.
Read more: Stawell plane crash coverage as it unfolded
The plane is registered with Melbourne-based flight school Soar Aviation.
A com pany statement issued on Friday said the incident “activated a comprehensive emergency response”.