Two wealthy British-born tourists were killed today when their light plane crashed near the landing strip of a remote park in north-western Australia.
The victims, a 60-year-old man and 64-year-old woman, were born in Britain but had been living in Australia, police said. Their identities were not immediately released.
The couple’s daughter, who lives in the state capital, Perth, was informed of their deaths.
Witnesses told police the privately owned twin-engine plane appeared to experience engine problems before crashing just short of the runway of the El Questro resort.
The resort is an exclusive homestead and wilderness park about 60 miles west of the town of Kununurra.
Witnesses said the Cessna 421 appeared to have suffered a problem in one of its engines, said Peter Hook, a spokesman for Accor Asia Pacific, which owns the resort, 2,000 miles north of Perth.
Hook said the two tourists, who owned the plane and were the only people on board when it crashed, had been staying at the resort.
“We believe they had taken off and were attempting to come back to the ground when they crashed.
"It does look like there were engine problems that caused them to try and return,” he said.
El Questro is one of the most exclusive outback resorts in Australia, with prices for a minimum two-night stay in a single room costing €595.
The resort became the centre of a media frenzy earlier this year when unfounded rumours spread that singer Kylie Minogue was due to wed her actor boyfriend Olivier Martinez there.
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau said a four-man team was preparing to travel to the site to investigate the crash.