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Adam Snell Obituary, Young pilot killed in plane crash identified

Adam Snell Obituary – The 22-year-old Adam Snell, who tragically lost his life in a light plane crash in South Australia’s far north, has been identified as the young pilot involved in the incident.

The crash occurred around 9.30am on Thursday when Mr. Snell’s Cessna 172 crashed into a paddock near Mulgathing, approximately 260km southwest of Coober Pedy and 800km northwest of Adelaide. He was the only person on board and unfortunately did not survive the crash.

Adam Snell was working for Jumbuck Pastoral at the time of the crash. Picture: LinkedIn

Following the incident, Major Crash Investigators, Forensic Crime Scene officers, and officers from Far North Local Service Area were present at the scene. The police confirmed that the Australian Transport Safety Bureau will be conducting an investigation, while Safework SA has been informed of the death and a report will be prepared for the Coroner.

Mulgathing station, managed by Jumbuck Pastoral, is located in the Glendambo and Cooper Pedy region, approximately 120km west of the Stuart Highway. A Royal Flying Doctor Service aircraft was dispatched to the crash site.

According to his LinkedIn profile, Mr. Snell had been employed at Jumbuck Pastoral since December 2023. He held a Bachelor of Aviation degree from Massey University and expressed his passion for the industry and his eagerness to explore new opportunities.

This incident marked the first light plane crash in South Australia on Thursday. Later that day, another plane crashed while attempting to land at Evelyn Downs, north of Coober Pedy, resulting in the pilot, a 42-year-old male from Arcoona, being airlifted over 1000km southeast to Adelaide for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

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