UPDATE 9am, October 10: An Alfred Hospital spokeswoman confirmed the man in his 20s has been downgraded from a critical condition to serious but stable, but is still “quite sick”.
The man in his 40s remains at the Royal Melbourne Hospital in a stable condition.
Investigations are underway into a plane crash that left two men fighting for life on Friday, with one man still in a critical condition.
The men were airlifted to hospital in Melbourne on Friday afternoon with “life-threatening” injuries after their plane crashed in a paddock off Pomonal Road in Stawell.
Emergency services were called at about 1pm after the Bristell S-LSA model light plane was seen falling from the sky and “in trouble”.
“When he was rolling out of control, I knew he was in trouble. When I saw him disappear behind the trees, I thought he was too late ended and then I heard the bang,” he said.
Police, ambulance, SES and CFA members were quick to track down the plane, assisting the two men at the scene.
Air ambulances were called to airlift the men to hospital. A man in his 40s was taken to the Royal Melbourne Hospital in a serious condition with facial and head injuries, but was moved to a stable condition on Friday evening.
The other man, in his 20s, was airlifted to the Alfred Hospital in a critical condition with “life-threatening” injuries. On Monday, an Alfred Hospital spokesperson said the man was “in a critical but stable condition”.
Two investigators from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau arrived at the scene for the first time on Monday.
Read more: Stawell plane crash coverage as it unfolded
They will begin the on-site phase of the investigation. Details of what exactly caused the crash are unknown at this stage.
The plane is registered with Melbourne-based flight school Soar Aviation.
A company statement issued on Friday said the incident “activated a comprehensive emergency response”.
“Soar Aviation’s priority is the safety and security of our employees, students, visitors, and those involved in the incident. Privacy laws limit our ability to provide any additional information,” a statement said.
The plane left Moorabbin at about 11.20am on Friday morning, scheduled to land at Warrnambool shortly after 1pm.
Sergeant Rob Bartorelli said he was impressed with the combined efforts of emergency services on the day.
“It’s not something that happens commonly, however, when it does happen, it’s good to see all the agencies today working really well together to maintain the crash site and look after the two people injured,” he said.
More to come.