Two Dead in Gyrocopter Crash Near Orange
Two people have died after a gyrocopter crashed 13 kilometres south of Orange.
The light recreational aircraft burst into flames after crashing into a paddock on Forest Road at Spring Hill just after midday.
Firefighters put out the blaze and police say the two people on board both died.
NSW Police Superintendent Chris Taylor said the aircraft had just taken off from Orange Airport, which is about one kilometre from where the crash occurred.
"There are two deceased males, we believe, in the crash scene," he said.
"At the moment we don't have any identification. We have some detectives at the airport and we have some witnesses who are back at Orange police station."
"We don't know the registration, but it's a light -- gyrocopter style -- aircraft."
Supt Taylor said some of the witnesses saw the actual moment the gyrocopter went down.
"We have got our forensic services officers, rescue squad and we've been in contact with the ATSB in Canberra in relation to the investigation."
"We don't know what sort of flight path they may have submitted - if at all - so that will form part of the investigation," he said.