Hunt for miss­ing char­ter plane

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - NEWS -

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.

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