Search continues overnight for missing aircraft in south east Queensland

Monday 1 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

AMSA’s Dornier from Essendon will remain in the area north of Caboolture to conduct electronic searching tonight (Monday 1 October).

This afternoon’s search, which began at approximately 3pm and involved two AGL Action rescue helicopters, has not reported any sightings of the aircraft or recovered any information.

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

The aircraft contacted air traffic services in Brisbane requesting assistance before activating an emergency beacon at approximately 2.45pm this afternoon.

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

Planning is underway for a full scale aerial search to begin early tomorrow morning (Tuesday).

AMSA will issue its next update tomorrow morning following the overnight search.