A command post was set up at Megan, north-east of Dorrigo, where emergency services made their way to the crash site through dense bushland.
A command post was set up at Megan, north-east of Dorrigo, where emergency services made their way to the crash site through dense bushland. Frank Redward

Plane crash victims identified

A PLANE that went missing on a flight from Murwillumbah has been found west of Coffs Harbour with no survivors.

Police confirmed 59-year-old Jeffrey Hills and 25-year-old Matthew Hills, were found dead at the site of the wreckage on Saturday.

A search for the father and son began on Friday when the Mooney M20 they were in lost radio contact about 7.30am during a flight from Murwillumbah to Taree.

The site was in dense bush 27km west of Coffs Harbour.

Coffs Clarence Police Chief Inspector Brendan Gorman said the wreckage was found early on Saturday and more than 20 police were involved in the operation to gain access to the plane.

The Westpac Helicopter was unable to winch a person to the site because of poor weather conditions, so police and SES accessed it from the ground.

Before police had reached the site,Mr Gorman confirmed he had spoken to the family of the two men from the Gold Coast who were on board the aircraft.

"It's a very stressful time for the family," he said.

Inspector Gorman said the team on the ground did everything in their power to reach the wreckage as fast as possible but it was a "tough job".

Police will assist the Australian Transport Safety Bureau with the investigation into the incident.

To aid in its investigation, the ATSB is asking any witnesses who may have seen or heard the aircraft flying in the vicinity of Mount Moombil/Dorrigo National Park on Friday morning to contact them via their website or by phoning 1800992986.

"As part of the investigation, the ATSB will examine the wreckage, study weather information, assess aircraft and pilot records, interview witnesses, and review any available recorded data," an ATSB spokesperson said.



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