Two dead in Australian ultralight crash

Last updated 17:41 06/03/2013
Tuggerah Lakes, New South Wales

AIR CRASH: Two confirmed dead after an ultralight plane crashed into Tuggerah Lake, New South Wales.

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A pilot and his passenger have died after an ultralight aircraft crashed into a lake on the NSW central coast.

Emergency services were call to Tuggerah Lake at 7.45am (9.45am NZT) on Wednesday after the aircraft crashed into the water and sank about 200m offshore.

After an air and water search, the bodies of the 64-year-old pilot and his 70-year-old female passenger were found inside the craft about 1pm.

The bodies have been removed and a salvage operation is underway to recover the aircraft.

The man and woman are yet to be formally identified.

The aircraft will be examined by police and aviation investigators to determine the cause of the crash.

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