John Moynihan `Safe' After Australian Plane Crash

John Moynihan | Fasig-Tipton photo

Bloodstock advisor John Moynihan was one of 10 people who survived a plane crash in Australia Monday.

“We all made it and are safe,” Moynihan texted the TDN.

Nine tourists from Kentucky and the pilot all survived the crash of a light plane which came down on the remote Lizard Island off the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland, according to multiple reports. Moynihan is visible in the video below from a local news outlet as he walks onto an ambulance.

According to Yahoo News, the plane experienced a mechanical malfunction shortly after takeoff on its way to Cairns, a city in northern Queensland considered to be the gateway for the Great Barrier Reef. The plane clipped trees on the way down and crash-landed on the island and then flipped, according to Yahoo, while other news outlets said the plane crashed while taking off after clipping the trees. Two emergency helicopters were sent to the site and took four people back to a hospital in Cairns. It was unclear if Moynihan was among that group.

Brina Keating from Queensland Ambulance told Yahoo News that the pilot's efforts in landing the aircraft were “incredible. The pilot's clearly done an incredible job,” she said. “To walk away from something like that is just incredible.”

All 10 people are said to be in stable condition. One passenger was said to have suffered a broken arm. Moynihan indicated trainer Phil Bauer and his wife were also among the survivors.


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