Pilot, 37, feared dead

Townsville Bulletin - - News -

A PILOT is pre­sumed dead af­ter items from his miss­ing plane were found in the Tor­res Strait. There was no chance the man sur­vived a pre­sumed crash into the sea and a search had been called off, the Aus­tralian Mar­itime Safety Au­thor­ity said yes­ter­day. The pilot left Cairns on Thurs­day but failed to ar­rive at Horn Is­land, trig­ger­ing an ex­ten­sive air and sea search. The last con­tact with the 37-yearold was just be­fore 8am on Thurs­day. Plas­tic stor­age con­tain­ers and a doc­u­ment from the plane were found near Dugong Islet.

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