PICTURED: Son, 25, who died with his father, 59, when their plane disappeared off radar and crashed during high winds
- A father and son have been found dead after plane crash on Friday morning
- They were Matthew Hills, from the Gold Coast, and his father Jeffrey, 59
- The 25-year-old was a keen adventurer who shared pictures of himself skydiving
A son who died with his father when their light plane crashed on Friday morning has been identified.
Matthew Hills, from the Gold Coast, and his father Jeffrey, 59, were found dead on Saturday amid the wreckage of their plane.
The 25-year-old was a keen adventurer who shared pictures of himself skydiving and wake-boarding.
Matthew Hills (pictured), from the Gold Coast, and his father Jeffrey, 59, were found dead on Saturday amid the wreckage of their plane
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.
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.
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.
Two men were found dead after their plane crashed near Coffs Harbour on NSW’s north coast (pictured: wreckage)
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)