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A Cessna 172RG for hire from Northern Rivers Aero Club is the missing plane.
A Cessna 172RG for hire from Northern Rivers Aero Club is the missing plane.

Police investigating the disappearance of a light plane off Byron Bay last month are re-appealing to the public for any information concerning the incident.

Shortly after 4pm on Monday, March 21, a light aircraft left Lismore Airport with only a pilot on board and failed to return.

The Cessna 172 was hired from the Northern Rivers Aero Club, which is based at the airport.

The plane is believed to have disappeared from radar about six nautical miles north east of Cape Byron.

It’s understood occupant was a commercial airline pilot from Lennox Head.

Ballina detectives have commenced an investigation into the incident and are now re-appealing to the public for any information which could assist them concerning the pilot and plane and the circumstances leading up to the disappearance.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/

 


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