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ARCHIVE VIDEO - Crash scene: Irish woman in critical condition after plane crash in Australia

A British woman has died and an Irish national is in a critical condition after a light plane crash in Australia.

The women, both aged in their 20s, were among four people on the aircraft when it came down at around 11am on Tuesday on Middle Island, near Agnes Water, in Queensland, local police said.

The pilot, a man aged in his sixties, was taken to hospital in a serious condition and a 13-year-old boy was transferred to be treated for minor injuries, the Bundaberg RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter team said.

Those involved are believed to have been tourists taking a day trip to the island.

The Department of Foreign Affairs is aware of the aircraft crash in Australia and stands ready to offer consular assistance.

Queensland police acting inspector Jane Healy said they were working to identify the plane's occupants.

She told ABC News: "Because of the location and communications, it's difficult to ascertain who the deceased was. We're still getting an ID on that."

Local media are reporting that paramedics fought to save the deceased woman's life for an hour before she died at the scene.

The plan belonged to a tour company called 1770 Castway, which offers adventure tours.

ABC news has reported that a second plane was also flying in the area when it saw the plane go down. The second aircraft landed and called for the emergency services.

Bystanders attempted to help the victims of the crash and performed CPR on those involved until authorities arrived.

LifeFlight, a rapid response rescue crew, issued the follow statement after attending the scene of the crash.

"The LifeFlight helicopter was tasked to Bustard Head just after 11am by the Queensland Police Service to help search for the Cirrus SR22 single-engine aircraft which crashed with four people on board.

"The wreckage was located a short time later and the LifeFlight helicopter landed on the beach nearby to assist treating the pilot and passengers. The area where the plane was found is only accessible by boat or aircraft.

"The RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter medical crew treated and transported the pilot of the SR22 - a male in his 60s - to Bundaberg Base Hospital suffering multi-trauma injuries.

"He was transported in a serious condition.

"Sadly one person was declared deceased at the scene. Two other survivors were airlifted by another air-medical operator to Rockhampton Hospital for further treatment.

"The occupants were tourists who were reportedly camping on the island," the statement added.

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