Woolooga farmer dis­cov­ers wreck­age on par­ents’ prop­erty

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

THE body of a Yan­d­ina pi­lot who went miss­ing at the week­end was found af­ter an ex­ten­sive search over the North Bur­nett and Wide Bay.

Rob Pa­van, 60, took off from Ky­bong aero­drome in Gympie about 9.30am on Satur­day but failed to reach his in­tended des­ti­na­tion of Balantree Sta­tion, near Glad­stone. AMSA Search and Res­cue was alerted when he failed to ar­rive and a search be­gan about 4.15pm on Satur­day.

Ten he­li­copters and four planes started search­ing a 3400 square kilo­me­tre area be­tween Gympie and Glad­stone, in­clud­ing the North Bur­nett.

The next day the search in­creased, with five air­craft and 12 he­li­copters scour­ing an area of more than 13,700 square kilo­me­tres.

Dur­ing the search there were hopes the pi­lot might be alive, and au­thor­i­ties scram­bled to lo­cate the plane. But it was a farmer in Woolooga who made the dis­cov­ery on Mon­day.

Mur­ray Gear was walk­ing through his par­ents’ prop­erty when he dis­cov­ered wreck­age and could not im­me­di­ately iden­tify what it was.

Au­thor­i­ties con­firmed it was the crash site, and the body of Mr Pa­van was dis­cov­ered the next day.

At just 39km from his take-off, he was not far into his flight when he crashed.

Au­thor­i­ties said there was no way he would have sur­vived the im­pact.

The de­bris were found on a 500m high ra­zor­back ridge that is dif­fi­cult to ac­cess by foot.

The Foren­sic Crash Unit is con­tin­u­ing to con­duct in­ves­ti­ga­tions into the site.

Gympie po­lice in­spec­tor Jon Lewis said work would con­tinue on de­ter­min­ing the rea­son for the crash.

“In­ves­ti­ga­tors will then try to lo­cate any per­ti­nent parts of the air­craft which may be able to be used to as­sist in de­ter­min­ing the cause of the crash,” he said.

“The en­gine and rel­e­vant in­stru­ments will be ex­am­ined to see if there is a fault that can be iden­ti­fied.”

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