Hunt for missing charter plane
A SEARCH was under way in remote southwest Tasmania last night for a missing twinengine plane and its solo pilot.
The Airlines of Tasmania aircraft went missing near the rugged Arthur Ranges about 8.30am yesterday.
It was on a routine flight to pick up passengers from Melaleuca. “We do have grave concerns for this pilot who has been with the company for three years and is very experienced and well qualified,” Air- lines of Tasmania managing director Shannon Wells said.
Two helicopters and a plane are reportedly searching for the plane. Mr Wells said the aircraft was fitted with a satellite tracker, giving the search party a reasonable idea of where it may be.
He said the condition of the pilot was unknown.
“Our thoughts are very much with the family and friends of the pilot, including all colleagues,” Mr Wells said.