(CTV) Two children were trapped on the top of a ferris wheel when an ultra-light plane carrying two people crashed into the ride at an Australian rural festival on Saturday.
No one was seriously injured when the plane hit the ride's frame near the top during the first morning of an annual three-day festival at Old Bar. The force of the crash did not topple the ferris wheel in the coastal village, 350 kilometres north of Sydney.
Two adults, a 52-year-old pilot and his 32-year-old passenger, were trapped inside the mangled Cheetah S200 plane for more than three hours. A 9-year-old boy and 13-year-old girl were trapped for 90 minutes in the ride, police said.
Rescuers used a crane to rescue the four people, said New South Wales Rural Fire Service spokesperson Ben Shepherd.
"Thankfully, everyone was taken down and were able to walk away from it," Shepherd said.
Pilot Paul Cox told The Associated Press that he did not see the ride before crashing into it.
"The next thing I knew, I was stopped inside the Ferris wheel," he said. "I had no idea for a few minutes and I was just hoping no one got hurt."
Witnesses told police that the ride was full of children just minutes before the crash. Due to impending rain, however, only five had dared to take the final ride, a festival organizer said.
Brett Campbell, a paramedic at the scene, said that the trapped children were "fantastic."
"They were so calm and so well-behaved and very brave. And so were the two gentlemen in the plane," he said. "They were just the best patients we could ever hope for, and the best thing about it, no one really had any injuries."
Police and air safety investigators were on the scene probing the crash on Saturday.