SYDNEY, Feb. 7 (Xinhua) -- The Western Australian (WA) Police Force on Tuesday confirmed that both pilots, who were the only ones on board, survived with minor injuries after a firefighting Boeing 737 crashed in the Fitzgerald National Park near Hopetoun, a town in the state's south coast.
The WA police noted that at about 4:40 p.m. local time on Monday, police and emergency services responded to reports of a plane crash in the park.
The aircraft, a Boeing 737-3, is believed to have departed Bunbury at 3:25 p.m. local time in response to a fire in the area.
The two pilots on board were retrieved from the crash site by a helicopter and airlifted to Ravensthorpe Airport.
"ATSB officers will attend the crash site when possible to conduct an investigation," the police added.
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has already launched a transport safety investigation into the accident, saying that investigators will seek to interview the pilots and witnesses to understand the circumstances of the accident, and determine the accessibility of the accident site with the aim of conducting an on-site examination of the aircraft wreckage.
As the owner of the 737 Fireliner, Coulson Aviation Group expressed gratitude for the support being provided to its team members.
"Both have received medical attention, have been released from hospital and are now recuperating. They were deeply shaken to have something like this happen while fighting for the community and are grateful they were able to walk away from the accident," the group's Chief Executive Officer Wayne Coulson said in a statement.
According to the state's Department of Fire and Emergency Services, there is still a watch-and-act bushfire alert in parts of the Fitzgerald National Park, with a bushfire emergency warning issued in the nearby Cowerdup region.