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Update 3 and final: Search for missing gyrocopter ends

Friday 20 April 2018
The search for a gyrocopter reported missing on a flight between Bundaberg and Yeppoon has concluded with the wreckage of the missing aircraft found a short time ago.

Sadly, the pilot was found deceased at the scene. His family has been informed. An operation is now underway to retrieve the man’s body.

A search helicopter spotted the wreckage early this morning in bushland near Baffle Creek, shortly after the search resumed with first light. 

The search focused on this area of bushland based on a gyrocopter sighting reported to AMSA yesterday by a 14-year-old boy from the Baffle Creek area.

AMSA Response Centre Manager Alan Lloyd would like to acknowledge the young man from Baffle Creek and the many members of public who responded to AMSA’s call for assistance in gathering information.

'The information provided by this young man was exactly what our officers needed to narrow the search and find the missing aircraft. He showed great initiative and responsibility in reporting what he saw to AMSA,' Mr Lloyd said.

AMSA wishes to extend its sympathies to the family and friends of the pilot and thank all those involved in the search operation.