South Australian winemaker Tim Whitrow has been critically injured in a light plane crash at a Renmark North vineyard.
The Advertiser reports that Tim, 49, is in an induced coma in the Royal Adelaide Hospital.
Property owner Kate Strachan told the newspaper that the plane’s tail kicked up into the air before the aircraft dived suddenly into her vineyard.
“He took off from the waterhole going south, did a loop and came over the house, I saw the tail go up, it was awful,” she told The Advertiser.
“His mum was actually here. She’s a registered nurse. She was out here in a minute and did what she had to do when someone is traumatically injured.”
Police say Tim was the pilot and sole occupant of the aircraft which brought down power lines when it crashed at 6.15pm on Saturday.
Police said Recreational Aviation Australia will investigate the crash.
Tim is chief winemaker of Lavina Wines in McLaren Vale.