Father and son found dead in plane wreckage

Two men, believed to be father and son, have been found deceased in a light plane wreckage in dense bushland in NSW.

The alarm was raised when the Mooney 20 aircraft failed to arrive at Taree at 8am on Friday as planned after departing Murwillumbah 90 minutes earlier.

The crash site, 27km west of Coffs Harbour, was spotted about 6:30am on Saturday, but Westpac Rescue Helicopter crew’s access to the plane was delayed due to poor weather conditions and low cloud.

The crash site was spotted about 6:30am on Saturday but access to the plane by the Westpac Rescue Helicopter were delayed due to poor weather conditions. Source: Twitter/@WRHS_official
Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) identified the plane as a Mooney M20 (similar to pictured). Source: Facebook/Mooney International

Police eventually reached the scene and confirmed the two men on board were found deceased.

The men are believed to be from the Gold Coast area, aged in their 20s and 50s, are yet to be formally identified until the men’s family is made aware.

Officers attached to Coffs/Clarence Police District were assisted by the SES and NP&WS to access the site which is located in steep and heavily-wooded terrain.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) will investigate the crash.

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