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Search concludes for overdue aircraft in North Queensland

Wednesday 11 February 2015
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has concluded the search for the missing pilots of two overdue ultralight aircraft south of Townsville.
Media Release

About 7.40am AEST this morning, search aircraft found the wreckage of the aircraft and advised AMSA Search and Rescue that both pilots had not survived.

About 9pm AEST yesterday, AMSA Search and Rescue was advised that the pilots of two ultralight aircraft had failed to return from a round trip flight from Donnington Airpark.

A search commenced about 10pm AEST yesterday utilsing night vision capabilities of AMSA’s Cairns based fixed wing Dornier aircraft and a rescue helicopter from Townsville.

The search continued at first light this morning involving AMSA’s Cairns based fixed wing Dornier aircraft and a rescue helicopter from Townsville.

The total search area was about 840 square kilometres in size and was focused in the vicinity of Donnington Airpark and the Reid and Haughton rivers.

The missing aircraft were located within the search area.