Search for a couple feared dead in a high-speed plane crash after they sent out a mayday alert is called off
- A pilot, 70, and his wife crashed off of Moreton Island on Wednesday afternoon
- Investigators called off the search on Thursday, fearing the couple were dead
- An investigation is underway to determine why the plane crashed into the water
The search for a 70-year-old pilot and his wife has been called off after experts said there was no way they could have survived the crash.
The pilot and his wife, 52, crashed at high speed into waters near Moreton Island, off the coast of Brisbane, after hiring the plane for a scenic flight on Wednesday afternoon.
A may day was sent an hour after take off.
The pilot and his wife, 52, crashed at high speed into waters near Moreton Island, off the coast of Brisbane, after hiring the plane for a scenic flight on Wednesday afternoon (search pictured)
Investigators continued the search on Thursday morning but the search has been called off at 1pm.
‘Significant amounts of debris belonging to the aircraft have been recovered to the east of Moreton Island. All evidence indicates the aircraft ditched into the water at high speed,’ an Australian Maritime Safety Authority spokeswoman said.
‘AMSA has received expert medical advice that the impact would not have been survivable.
‘AMSA extends its sincere condolences to the family of both people on board during this difficult time.’
The couple’s next of kin has been informed and ASMA expressed their condolences to the family.
‘Queensland Police Service has taken over coordination and will be launching a recovery effort,’ the spokeswoman said.
Ben Mihan, a TV traffic reporter, said he heard the call for help while flying near Redcliffe.
Investigators continued the search on Thursday morning but the search has been called off at 1pm (search pictured)
‘Very sad. The call was very fast and things went quiet straight after with no response from the pilot after Brisbane centre attempted to contact the pilot again,’ he tweeted.
Michael and Amy Rowe owned and rented the aircraft that crashed to the couple.
‘We are absolutely heartbroken for the family,’ Ms Rowe told the ABC.
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau is investigating.