Pilot, 73, identified as victim of plane crash that claimed two lives

Two men who died in a light plane crash in far north Queensland have been identified as a 73-year-old from Cooktown and a 63-year-old from Stuart.

The plane crashed into a cornfield near the Mareeba airport west of Cairns soon after 11am (local time) . on Saturday.

The Cooktown man has been identified in media reports as William Scott-Bloxam.

Mr Scott-Bloxam was the pilot from the 2008 flight to the Papuan town of Merauke that went wrong when Indonesian authorities detained the group for entering without a visa.

William Scott-Bloxam has been identified as one of the two men killed in a plane crash in far north Queensland. Source: AAP.

Police and the Australian Transport Safety Bureau will scour the site of the crash of the Angel Aircraft Corporation Model 44 Angel twin-engine light aircraft.

The Far North Queensland Aviation Museum reported on social media the Angel aircraft was the only type in Australia and believed to be one of a few left in the world.

The plane was believed to be involved in a training exercise when it crashed, the ABC reported.

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