A father is dead and his five-year-old daughter is fighting for her life in hospital after the ultralight plane he was flying crashed into a house on the Mornington Peninsula.
Peter Doutch, a volunteer with the State Emergency Service's Frankston unit, was flying his ultralight plane in Tyabb about 5pm on Sunday before it clipped the roof of a house on Seaview Road.
The plane crashed only minutes after it had taken off from the nearby Tyabb Airport, a police spokeswoman confirmed.
The plane crash claimed the life of a man in his 40s. Photo: Penny Stephens
Several neighbours said they saw the ultralight plane, known as a trike, come in to land at the airport on Sunday, but it was far off course and appeared to be in trouble.
"It was spitting and coughing like it was running out of fuel," said Rob Boer, who witnessed the crash.
"It wasn’t lined up with the runway. It was a couple of hundred metres off the line they usually come in on, so we knew something was wrong straight away.’’
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