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Pilot killed in Serpentine plane crash named Darren Brady

The pilot killed in a light aircraft crash south of Perth on Monday has been identified as Darren Brady.

It’s understood Mr Brady was completing a test flight after carrying out maintenance on the Dyn’Aero MCR-01 two-seater plane when it crashed into a paddock metres from the Serpentine Airfield runway in Hopeland about 2:37pm.

Emergency rescue crews including, police, firefighter and ambulance were deployed to the site near Yangedi Road.

The engineer and former lecturer, aged in his 50s, was unable to be saved and died at the scene.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau said they are investigating the incident involving the “amateur-built light aircraft”.

“The aircraft is reported to have collided with terrain while landing at Serpentine Airfield,” the ATSB said.

“A team of transport safety investigators with experience in aircraft operations and aircraft maintenance will deploy to the accident site.  

“Once on site, investigators will examine the wreckage and map the accident site. The ATSB will also analyse available recorded data and interview witnesses and other involved parties.”

Forensic police and detectives map the scene and examine Darren Brady’s body. Photo: Tex Reeks

Forensic police spent the night examining and documenting the scene with ATSB officers expected to spend most of Tuesday carrying out their investigations.

Anyone who may have seen the aircraft in any phase of its flight, or who may have CCTV or dashcam footage of the flight, is urged to make contact via the witness form on the atsb.gov.au website, or by phoning our witness hotline, 1800 992 986. 

Tex Reeks

Texas (Tex) Reeks is a video journalist and national award-winning news photographer. Reeks' dedication and commitment to local news media and telling stories has seen him build an extensive portfolio in Western Australia's news industry from a young age. Writing online stories and covering news events for Perth's mainstream media networks, Reeks, has covered and broken some of WA's biggest breaking news stories including shark attacks, police manhunts, plane crashes, major crime investigations, and major political incidents. Reeks' interest and knowledge in criminology and policing results in his focus on crime and court stories.
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