Fighter jet makes emergency landing in Goolwa Paddock

Rocky landing: Pilot Jim Whalley (far left) in front of his downed jet Saturday afternoon. Photo: Fleurieu Multimedia.
Rocky landing: Pilot Jim Whalley (far left) in front of his downed jet Saturday afternoon. Photo: Fleurieu Multimedia.

Just after midday on Saturday 13 April, a former Singaporean fighter jet lost power before making an emergency landing in a paddock near Goolwa airport.

The aircraft piloted by ex-fighter jet pilot Jim Whalley hit the ground at over 200 km/h in a controlled landing, after its engines lost power at approximately six to seven hundred feet on approach to the airport.

Mr Whalley and his French passenger, also a former fighter pilot, were uninjured following the incident.

An investigation into the cause of the crash is underway and Mr Whalley said the incident had caused approximately $100,000 in damages to the jet.

Speaking to media on Saturday he said he was happy himself and his colleague had walked away safely.

"Unfortunately we were only at about six or seven hundred feet [when the power failure occured] so some pretty quick decisions had to be made about where we were going."

He described having to dodge the jet through overhanging irrigation sprinklers in the paddock owned by farmer Mike Brook.

Mr Brook described the two men as "calm" after emerging from the jet.

"I was about to change the irrigator over and all of a sudden there was a jet there," he said.

"They just came over and said sorry about your grass, calm as. I was just happy they were fine."