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Police say a search is underway for a light aircraft overdue after leaving the Far North Coast yesterday destined for Queensland.

The single-engine aircraft, with two people on board, left Casino Airport about 2pm (Sunday 13 January 2020), and was due to arrive in Boonah about 3pm (NSW time).

When the plane failed to arrive as planned, and the pilot was unable to be contacted, a search was co-ordinated by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA).

Two aircraft, including the Westpac Rescue Helicopter were tasked by the AMSA (Australian Martine Safety Authority) and Ambulance New South Wales to assist in the search, with officers from Richmond Police District assisting in a ground search of the plane’s last-known location over Tooloom National Park; so far there is no sign of the aircraft.

Search efforts will continue this morning under the direction of AMSA.

Anyone with information about the missing plane to urged to contact Triple Zero (000).

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report crime via NSW Police social media pages.

 

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