The pilot-in-command of an Airbus A320-200 aircraft was on the ground at Brisbane Airport on Sunday when he heard an engine fire and saw a plane crash in the distance.
A spokesman for the Federal Aviation Safety Authority (FASA) said the pilot had not been involved in any incident.
“The aircraft was reported as not inoperative at about 3:20pm,” the spokesman said.
Mr Todwell said the plane had taken off from the Queensland airport at about 1:30pm, and was heading to Canberra for a flight from Melbourne.
The plane crashed near the airport’s terminal 4, near the southern end of the airport, at about 4:45pm.
It took off from Terminal 4.
FASC said a search and rescue team was being dispatched to the scene.
Witnesses have been told to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or provide information.
There are now a total of six crew members and seven passengers on board.
They are being taken to the airport to be assessed.
An FASA spokeswoman said the incident was under investigation and the cause was being investigated.
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