A FLIGHT industry watchdog employee has been involved in a single plane crash on the runway in Quirindi during flight training.
The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) confirmed to the Leader one of its employees was involved in an incident while undergoing flight training in, what is understood to be, a single-person agricultural aircraft.
One source said the aircraft was reportedly written-off; a claim which was not confirmed or addressed by the aviation authority.
A spokesperson for CASA remained tight-lipped on the details and circumstances surrounding the incident.
The crash was put down to an "unexpected wind gust", but CASA's spokesperson said no one was injured.
"A CASA employee was recently involved in a minor incident while undergoing flight training," he said.
"The incident occurred when the aircraft was taxiing and experienced an unexpected wind gust.
"There were no injuries."
In the last 10 years, the Australian Transport and Safety Bureau (ATSB) recorded 210 weather related aircraft incidents, accidents and serious incidents across the country, in the general aviation category.
The most common incident associated with an accident or fatal accident for all groups was terrain collision followed by aircraft control occurrences.
According to the ATSB, wildlife strikes were the most common type of incident involving both commercial air transport and general aviation operations.
CASA will be holding an aviation safety seminar in Moree later this month giving local operators a chance to meet and talk with the regulator.
The session will be held at the Moree Aero Club on Thursday, July 25.