Investigators To Probe Fatal Melbourne Plane Crash

Investigators are headed to the site of Melbourne's fatal plane crash.

What you need to know
  • The Air Safety Transport Bureau will investigate the cause of Friday's tragedy
  • The single-engine Cessna plummeted to earth in suburban Melbourne, killing the pilot
  • The 50-year-old pilot was the only person onboard when the plane crashed

An investigation will begin on Saturday after a light plane crashed in a residential street in Melbourne's south-east, killing the pilot.

Police say the single-engine Cessna was en route to land at Moorabbin airport when it went down and burst into flames in the middle of Scarlet Street at Mordialloc just after 5pm Friday.

The aircraft smashed through power lines as it crashed to the ground, narrowly missing homes.

The 50-year-old pilot -- the only person onboard the plane -- was killed in the crash. His name has not been released at the request of family.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau will reportedly commence collecting evidence this morning, with four investigators headed to the scene.

On Friday, a Scarlet Street resident told AAP he could see the burnt-out cockpit of the single-engine plane which came to rest in the middle of the street.

“The aircraft appears to be in one piece ... by the look of it, he must have already been pretty low when he came down, rather than plunging from a great height,” the neighbour said.

“Someone said the plane bounced off the front fence of a house as it came down, just missing the house.”

Another neighbour, Robert Fox, said he saw firemen hosing down the burning plane, after sirens alerted him to the crash across the street.

“It was very intense, it was very strong. I guess it was the fuel tank,” he told AAP.