Emergency services were called to Coonabarabran Airport on the Newell Highway yesterday at 4pm, following reports that a Cessna 172 light aircraft had crashed.
It is believed the aircraft also departed from that same airport earlier in the day.
A passer-by who witnessed the incident came to the aid of the 57-year-old, pulling him from the wreckage and attempting to perform CPR; however, by the time paramedics arrived, the man could not be revived.
Police are currently conducting an investigation into the cause of the crash and a crime scene has been established.
He has yet to be formally identified and a coroner report is being prepared.
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) said it had sent investigators from its Brisbane office to the crash scene.
“Once on site, investigators will examine the wreckage and site surrounds, and will retrieve any relevant components for further examination at the ATSB’s technical facilities in Canberra,” ATSB Chief Commissioner Angus Mitchell said.
“The ATSB will also analyse any available recorded data, interview witnesses and parties with a knowledge of the flight, and review aircraft maintenance and pilot records.
“The ATSB asks anyone who may have seen the aircraft in any phase of its flight, or who may have footage of any kind, to make contact via firstname.lastname@example.org at their earliest opportunity.”
The ATSB said a preliminary report was anticipated to be available in six to eight weeks.