A Brisbane couple presumed dead after their hired plane plunged into the sea last week have been identified as Tim and Julie Hudson.
The husband and wife, aged 70 and 52, took off from Caloundra on a scenic flight towards Moreton Island when the man made a mayday call and lost contact with flight controllers on January 22.
"Mayday, mayday, mayday, Whiskey November Romeo," were the frantic words of Mr Hudson, an experienced pilot at about 4.30pm that day.
He did not respond to repeated attempts from officials to make further contact with him.
Medical advice provided to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority suggested the couple, who lived in Brisbane's southern bayside area, would not have survived a high speed crash.
A major search was launched for the couple, with authorities finding sheet metal from the body of the aircraft and a wheel scattered north of the island in the hours after the crash.
Aircraft wreckage was later found by police 36 metres below the surface this week, however the bodies of the couple have not been found.
The incident is being investigated by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau.
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