Police say two men believed to be a father and son died in a plane crash west of Coffs Harbour on the weekend.
Wreckage of the Mooney 20 aircraft was found in dense bushland 27 kilometres west of Coffs Harbour about 6.30am Saturday.
The men took off from Murwillumbah about 6.30 am Friday and when they failed to arrive at Taree on schedule, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) launched a search.
But crew from the Westpac 4 rescue helicopter was unable to access the crash site due to rain and low cloud.
Police have reported the crash to the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB), the agency responsible for any investigation into the crash.
They say they believe the men were from the Gold Coast and one of them was in his fifties, the other in his twenties.
Their identities have not so far been publicly revealed.