Joint media release: Pilot missing near Murwillumbah found deceased

Thursday 18 May 2017
A search for a pilot reported missing on the Far North Coast has concluded with the wreckage of an ultra light found a short time ago.
Media Release

A searcher on horseback located the wreckage at 9am (Thursday 18 May 2017), on a private property on Boormans Road, Limpinwood, about 25km west of Murwillumbah.

The pilot – believed to be a 72-year-old man – died at the scene.

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) in Canberra has been co-ordinating the search after a member of the public reported an aircraft in difficulties near Limpinwood, about 10.45am Tuesday (16 May 2017).

Police from Tweed/Byron Local Area Command confirmed a 72-year-old man was piloting the ultra light aircraft which had taken off from Murwillumbah Airport about 45 minutes earlier.

The search and rescue operations have been conducted in the surrounding area since then, involving up to eight helicopters, including the NSW Police airwing PolAir, police on trail bikes, as well as SES volunteers on foot and searchers on horseback.

An operation is now underway to retrieve the man’s body.

His family has been informed.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau has been informed by AMSA and investigations will be conducted to determine the cause of the crash, with police working with the relevant air safety authorities.

AMSA and NSW Police wish to thank all those involved in this difficult search operation and extend our sympathies to the family and friends of the pilot.