Ben Dumbrell, the former Tumut Shire deputy mayor, has died in a plane crash near Adelong, aged 65.
Mr Dumbrell and the wreckage of his ultralight aircraft were found at 6.15am on Monday at a property on Calafat Road.
The plane was located about 500m from a private landing strip. The cause of the crash is not yet known however it is believed to have occurred shortly after take-off on Saturday morning. Mr Dumbrell was intending to fly to Holbrook.
Police were notified that Mr Dumbrell was missing at about 8pm Sunday evening by a family member. Police used mobile phone triangulation tracking technology to locate Mr Dumbrell’s phone. A brief search of the immediate area around the landing strip was conducted, before being called off due to a lack of light. The manager of the property discovered the plane early the following morning, with the deceased pilot inside.
The Australian Safety Transport Bureau arrived in Adelong this afternoon and will investigate the cause of the crash. Police are preparing a report for the coroner.
Mr Dumbrell was an experienced pilot, having flown for over three decades, and was a qualified pilot instructor. He’d taught pilots at both the Tumut Aero Club and more recently at Holbrook.
A resident of Tumut for over 30 years, Mr Dumbrell raised his family in the town, established an electrical contracting business and was deeply involved in community life.
He was elected to Tumut Shire Council in 1999 and served for three terms. In 2011, he was elected Deputy Mayor.
He was involved in a range of clubs, sporting groups and committees, including the Tumut RSL sub-branch, Tumut Bowling Club, Tumut Aussie Rules club and Tumut River County Council.
Further details will appear in Friday’s edition of the Tumut and Adelong Times.