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Two People Critical After Plane Crash In Rural NSW

An investigation has been opened by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau after a serious plane crash in central western NSW left two people in a critical condition in hospital.

At around 7:10pm on Tuesday evening emergency services were called to Orange Airport on Aerodrome Road following reports that an aircraft had crashed. Crews found the four-seater single-engine Cirrus SR-22 aircraft engulfed in flames.

The two occupants of the plane, a man and woman believed to be a trainee pilot and an instructor were airlifted from the scene to Royal North Shore Hospital suffering critical burns.

The ATSB believe that the pair had been conducting a training flight at the time of the crash.

Investigations will begin this morning as the ATSB examine the wreckage, gather available recorded data and interview witnesses.

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