Accident occurred Jan 14/10 Beagle Bay Airport, Western Australia.
The pilot told authorities the engine on his Cessna Caravan cut out as he was flying over the Dampier Peninsula about 09:00 (AWST) this morning.
He tried to land at Beagle Bay airstrip but the plane flipped and ended up in scrub just short of the runway.
Acting Senior Sergeant Andy Henshaw says the plane is badly damaged.
"I think he should certainly go buy a lotto ticket as he's been very lucky that he's escaped with his life," he said.
The pilot, who is employed by a Kimberley charter company, has been flown to Broome Regional Hospital where he is being treated for head injuries.