Family tragedy as a father and son are found dead after their plane disappeared off the radar and went missing
- Two men believed to be father and son have been found dead after plane crash
- Aircraft wreckage was found near Coffs Harbour on Saturday a day after missing
- Search parties set out to find plane due to land in Taree on Friday morning
The desperate search for a missing plane has come to a tragic end after the father and son on board were found dead.
Police found the wrecked aircraft in dense bushland 27km west of Coffs Harbour on New South Wale’s north coast around 6.30am on Saturday – a day after it went missing.
Panic set in when the four seater Mooney 20 aircraft didn’t arrive in Taree at its expected time of 8am on Friday, after departing Murwillumbah 90 minutes earlier.
Two men believed to be father and son have been found dead after their plane crashed near Coffs Harbour on NSW’s north coast (pictured: wreckage)
The men aged in their 20s and 50s are yet to be formally identified but the pair are believed to be related.
Poor weather conditions meant the rescue crew from Westpac helicopters were unable to access the crash site.
Officers from the Coffs/Clarence Police District along with members from the SES and NP&WS accessed the site on Saturday morning which was located in steep and rough terrain.
The plane reportedly dropped off the radar around 7.30am.
Before the aircraft had been located Sam Cardwell from the Australian Maritime Safety Authority told Daily Mail Australia a rescue operation had been deployed, but bad weather hampered visibility.
‘We had two rescue helicopters searching an area 27 kilometres from Coffs Harbour,’ Mr Cardwell said.
The family of the deceased passengers have been informed and The Australian Transport Safety Bureau will be responsible for any investigation into the crash.
Poor weather conditions meant the rescue crew from Westpac helicopters were unable to access the crash site (pictured: search operation)