Fears for missing duo after disturbing find off Queensland coast

There are fears for two people missing after debris was found floating in the water near where a plane they were travelling on disappeared.

The search continues for a pilot and the passenger who were on a light plane that vanished off southeast Queensland while travelling from Caloundra on the Sunshine Coast to a resort on Moreton Island, off Brisbane, about 4.30pm on Wednesday.

The plane disappeared off southeast Queensland on Wednesday. Source: Flight Radar24/Sky News

There are reports the pilot made a mayday call sparking a major search involving water police, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, helicopters and local fishing trawlers.

Several helicopters and boats searched the area to the north of the island overnight. 

However the search was called off at about midnight due to rough weather. 

Debris was found in the water near where the plane vanished, but it is not yet known if it was part of the aircraft. Source: 7 News

The search of the 500 square kilometre area resumed at first light on Thursday. 

Debris has been found floating in the water southeast of Cape Moreton, but it has not been confirmed as being from the aircraft.

Queensland Water Police, AMSA's Challenger jet, Redcliffe Coast Guard, Bribie Island Volunteer Marine Rescue, six helicopters and a Queensland Fisheries Patrol Vessel are all involved in the search. 

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