Crash site of missing light plane found in NSW

UPDATE @ September 21, 12.30 PM | A crash site has been found during the search for a light plane, which disappeared after taking off from Murwillumbah yesterday.

Two people are believed to have been on board the small aircraft, which dropped off the radar around 7.30am on Friday.

The Mooney M20 aircraft was due to arrive in Taree at 8.00am, but never made it, sparking a large ground and air search.


Cloudy weather conditions brought the search to a halt overnight, with it resuming again at first light today.

New South Wales Police confirmed in a statement a short time ago that they had found the crash site in dense bushland approximately 27km west of Coffs Harbour.

NSW Police, SES and NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, are currently making their way to the site.

EARLIER @ September 20, 4.00 PM | A full scale search has been launched for a light plane that went missing after taking off from northern New South Wales.

The Mooney M20 aircraft left Murwillumbah Airfield at around 6.30am this morning.

According to Nine News, it was scheduled to land in Taree at around 8am but never arrived.

Police say they were notified that the aircraft was missing at around 11.45am.

Its last known communications were at around 7.30am.

Police say its unknown how many people were on board but Nine reports that there were two occupants.

The search is currently concentrating around Coffs Harbour on the New South Wales mid-north coast.

More to come.