Two killed in light plane crash near ACT

A pilot and his passenger are dead after a light plane crashed northeast of Canberra.
A pilot and his passenger are dead after a light plane crashed northeast of Canberra.

Two men have been killed after an Essential Energy-branded light plane crashed northeast of Canberra.

The Cessna 172 fixed-wing aircraft crashed into a paddock on Tallagandra Lane, Sutton near the ACT border about 4.30pm on Tuesday.

About three hours earlier, the plane took off from Canberra Airport with a pilot and passenger on board.

Both men died at the scene and are yet to be formally identified.

A crime scene has been established, with police investigating the cause of the crash.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau has been notified and a report will be prepared for the coroner.

Superintendent Paul Condon, commander of the Hume Police District, is expected to provide more details on the crash at a press conference in Goulburn on Wednesday morning.

Australian Associated Press