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Full scale aerial search to resume for missing aircraft in south east Queensland

Tuesday 2 October 2012
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s (AMSA) Rescue Coordination Centre (RCC Australia) is coordinating a search for a missing aircraft in south east Queensland.
Media Release

A full scale aerial search will resume at approximately 8am this morning after last night’s search involving AMSA’s Dornier did not report any sightings of the aircraft or reveal any new information.

Today’s search will include seven helicopters departing from Maroochydore.

Weather conditions in the area have not been favourable but a forecast indicates they are likely to improve throughout the day.

The search area is approximately 540 square nm covering a region west of Gympie and south to Nambour.

The red biplane left Monto on Monday morning en route for Caboolture with six people on board, including the pilot.

The aircraft contacted air traffic services in Brisbane later that afternoon requesting assistance before activating an emergency beacon at approximately 1.30pm.

The beacon is no longer being detected and RCC Australia has been unable to establish communications with the aircraft.

Search efforts on Monday afternoon involving two AGL Action rescue helicopters did not report any sightings of the aircraft or recover any new information.

AMSA will issue its next update following this morning’s search.