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Two confirmed dead in NSW light plane crash

Rescue teams had to enter on foot to reach the crash site where a father and son’s bodies were recovered. Courtesy: 9News

Police have recovered two bodies from a light plane that crashed into the side of a mountain on the NSW North Coast yesterday.

A father and son were found dead at the crash site, located in the Dorrigo National Park about 27 kilometres west of Coffs Harbour today.

The men, who are yet to be identified, were on a private flight from Murwillumbah to Taree. They are believed to be from the Gold Coast and aged in their 50s and 20s.

The plane has broken up into a number of pieces,” NSW Police Chief Inspector Brendan Gorman told 9News.
“Unfortunately the bodies of two men were located inside the plane.”

The wreckage was spotted by the Westpac 4 rescue chopper at 6.30 this morning, but due to the dense bushland and poor weather conditions, they were unable to reach it.

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority initiated the search when the Mooney 20 aircraft failed to arrive at a Taree airfield as planned by 8am yesterday.

The aircraft had departed Murwillumbah 90 minutes earlier.

Officers on foot were assisted by SES and National Parks and Wildlife Services to access the site, located in a steep and heavily-wooded terrain.

Weather conditions are still poor in the area and an official investigation has begun.
The family of the victims have been notified.