Police have launched an investigation after a light plane crashed at Coffs Harbour on Sunday morning.
About 11.30am on Sunday emergency services were called to an area of bushland east of Coffs Harbour Airport after reports a light plane had crashed.
Officers from Coffs Clarence Local Area Command have been told that the male pilot was conducting aerobatic manoeuvres when he lost control of the aircraft and crashed a short time later.
The pilot, a 46-year-old man, sustained a fractured skull and ankle as well as other head injuries. He was trapped in the aircraft for a short time, before being extricated by SES personnel.
There was also one passenger on board, a 22-year-old man, who sustained minor injuries.
Both men were treated at the scene by NSW Ambulance Paramedics before being taken to Coffs Harbour Health Campus. The pilot remains in a critical condition.
A crime scene has been established at the location and will be examined by forensic specialists.
Police have also notified the Australian Transport Safety Bureau and are continuing their inquiries to establish the exact circumstances surrounding the crash.
Police are urging anyone with information about this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000