Brothers’ bodies to be retrieved from plane crash site
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UPDATE WEDNESDAY 7.30am: WEATHER conditions are delaying the recovery of a light aircraft which crashed on Sunday afternoon killing two brothers, one of whom was the pilot.
Richmond Police District Inspector Darren Cloake said their Police Rescue team continue to assist investigators.
"We are still working on recovering the aircraft and our Police Rescue team are supporting the ASTB (Australian Transport Safety Bureau) investigation," he said.
"However, inclement weather is hampering recovery efforts."
More to come.
UPDATE, 5.57pm: THE family of two brothers killed in a plane crash in northern New South Wales has issued a statement regarding the crash.
They said both men were experienced pilots who were passionate about aviation.
Robert Bryan Dull, 68, of Toowoomba and Owen Stanley Dull, 61, of Roadvale, were flying from Casino to Boonah on Sunday, January, 12. Robert had built the plane as a labour of love over the past few years.
It was awarded the John Liddell Award for Best Hybrid Experimental Amateur Built Aircraft 2019 by the Sport Aircraft Association in October 2019 and it had met all regulatory requirements.
Both men had flown light aircraft for more than 30 years.
Robert is survived by his wife, three adult sons, their spouses and four grandchildren.
Owen is survived by his wife.
We would like to thank all of those involved in the search and recovery efforts for Robert and Owen in difficult conditions.
The family has asked for privacy at this time.
UPDATE, 5.05pm: TWO Queensland men have died after their light plane crashed in rugged terrain north-west of Casino on Sunday.
The single-engine aircraft, with two people on board, left Casino Airport about 2pm on Sunday, January 12 and was due to arrive in Boonah about 3pm (NSW).
The aircraft, believed to have two brothers on board, had departed Casino Airport an hour earlier.
When the plane didn't arrive, Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) and NSW Police was tasked with the search and rescue efforts.
Authorities located the crash site approximately 1.5km into the Koreelah National Park about 9.45am yesterday.
After several hours, rescue crews on foot reached the site 1.5km into the Koreelah National Park shortly before 3pm yesterday and confirmed the two men on board were deceased.
The men - believed to be aged their 60s from the Toowoomba area - are yet to be formally identified.
Officers attached to Richmond Police District were assisted by NSW Police Rescue and SES volunteers to access the site which is located in very steep and heavily-wooded terrain.
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) have been informed and will be responsible for any investigation into the crash.
The men's families are being apprised of the situation and have requested privacy at this time.
UPDATE 1.13pm (NSW): NSW Police said authorities have located the crash site of a missing light aircraft in rugged terrain north-west of Casino.
The site was located by the Westpac Rescue Helicopter about 9.45am today, approximately 1.5km into the Koreelah National Park.
NSW Police, with the assistance of NSW Police Rescue and SES volunteers are now attempting to access the site from the ground, this will take some time as the site is located in very steep and rugged terrain.
More information will be available in due course. The families of those on board are being kept appraised of the search efforts.
UPDATE 12.58pm: THE wreckage of a light plane that went missing en route to Boonah from Casino has been located.
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) coordinated the search for a light aircraft that was reported overdue yesterday.
An AMSA spokesperson said the single-engine aircraft, with two people on board, left Casino Airport about 2pm NSW time, and was due to arrive in Boonah, Qld around 3pm.
The plane was reported overdue to authorities when it failed to arrive and the pilot was unable to be contacted.
Yesterday, AMSA tasked two rescue helicopters and the Challenger search and rescue jet to search the plane's last-known location over Tooloom National Park, but were unable to locate the aircraft.
The search resumed this morning at first light with assistance from NSW Police who coordinated the ground search.
The Westpac helicopter crew located the crash site at around 9:45 this morning.
NSW Police have taken coordination of the crash site. Australian Transport Safety Bureau has been advised and will be investigating.
AMSA would like to thank the Westpac Rescue helicopter crew for their swift response, and NSW Police for their assistance.
UPDATE, 9.30am: A FULL land and air search is underway near Woodenbong after a light aircraft failed to arrive safely at a Queensland airport late Sunday afternoon.
Richmond Police District Superintendent Toby Lindsay said officers recommenced a significant coordinated search near Tooloom National Park, the last known location of the aircraft carrying a pilot and one passenger.
"We carried out a significant coordinated search last night but were unable to locate the plane," he said.
"As a result, we maintain significant concern around the pilot and his passenger and have recommenced the significant search this morning.
"Last night's search was suspended near Jiggi."
Supt Lindsay said today's weather conditions were hampering the scale of the search, with low cloud cover impacting the air search.
"We are hoping it will lift shortly and we will find the plane soon," he said.
"But it is very challenging terrain."
Supt Lindsay said efforts were being assisted by the Police Rescue Squad, SES, Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter and Commonwealth resources.
Original story: EMERGENCY services have resumed searching for a missing light aircraft which left Casino airport on Sunday afternoon but failed to arrive at it's Queensland destination.
A police spokesman confirmed that the search has been resumed on Monday morning after it was called off on Sunday evening due to fading light.
"Police Rescue are being assisted by the State Emergency Service and the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter," he said.
"The search is being coordinated from a police forward command post at Mt Lindsay Rd, Koreelah."
In a statement issued this morning, the Westpac Rescue Helicopter confirmed it had been tasked by the AMSA (Australian Martine Safety Authority) and Ambulance New South Wales to assist in a search for a single engine aircraft with two occupants.
"The single-engine aircraft, with two people on board, left Casino Airport about 2pm (Sunday 12 January 2020), and was due to arrive in Boonah about 3pm (NSW time)," the statement explained.
"When the plane failed to arrive as planned, and the pilot was unable to be contacted, a search was co-ordinated by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA).
"The Westpac Rescue Helicopter searched a nominated search area of the Tooloom National Park, west of Woodendong with nothing sighted.
"Search efforts will continue this morning under the direction of AMSA."