Body found in search for woman missing from light plane crash

The body of a 23-year-old woman has been found in the hunt for a missing person onboard an ultralight plane when it crashed into a Victorian lake.

The ultra-light fixed wing plane crashed at Lake Eildon near Mountain Bay, in the state's Alpine region about 12.20pm on Saturday, police said.

The pilot, in his 40s, survived the crash and was picked up by a fishing boat but his 23-year-old female passenger, from Vermont South, was not found.

A rescue boat at the scene on Lake Eildon. Source: Ten Play
A rescue boat at the scene on Lake Eildon. Source: Ten Play

Authorities will resume the search for the plane on Sunday and the Civil Aviation Safety Authority and the Australian Transport Safety Bureau have been told about the crash.

Second fatal plane crash in a matter of days

Last week, a scenic flight crashed off the Gold Coast with 31-year-old Trista Applebee and pilot Marcel van Hattem inside.

The body of Mr van Hattem was located in wreckage off South Stradbroke Island on Thursday, while Ms Applebee’s body was found on Friday.

The short joyride was a gift given to the mother-of-one as a birthday present.

A dinghy and fire engine were seen at the water's edge. Source: Ten Play
A dinghy and fire engine were seen at Lake Eildon. Source: Ten Play

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