Husband and wife on board missing plane
Tue, 02 Oct 2012 1:37p.m.
A husband and wife are believed to be among six people missing after their light aircraft disappeared over Queensland.
There has been no sign of the de Havilland DH84 Dragon after it reportedly struck trouble over the Jimna Range near Kilcoy yesterday afternoon, Queensland’s Courier Mail reports.
Among the missing are 69-year-old pilot Des Porter and co-pilot John Dawson. Mr Dawson’s wife Carol was also on board.
Seven helicopters have spent the morning on a full-scale aerial search for the aircraft, after an overnight mission involving the Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s Rescue Coordination Centre failed to find any sign of the aircraft or reveal any new information.
It is understood the aircraft contacted traffic services in Brisbane on Monday afternoon, before its emergency beacon was activated around 1:30pm. The beacon is no longer being detected, the Courier Mail reports.
The search operation was due to “step up a gear” from 8am local time.
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