Search continues after Qld plane crash

Cheryl Goodenough

Authorities are continuing their search for the bodies of a couple presumed dead in a light plane crash off Brisbane on Wednesday.

The pilot, 70, and his wife, 52, were on a scenic flight in a hired plane when they made a distress call and lost contact with flight controllers.

The plane plunged into the waters of Moreton Bay, east of Brisbane.

Authorities have found more debris after the search zone was expanded to include North Stradbroke Island.

Land, beach, air and water searches are being carried out by Water Police, Surf Life Saving Queensland and Volunteer Marine Rescue personnel.

Sonar imaging searches are also are continuing north of Moreton Island.

Aerial searches of an area north of Stradbroke Island will be completed on Saturday by helicopter and patrols of the shoreline of both Moreton and North Stradbroke islands by police in vehicles and on foot, say police.

The couple vanished after taking off from Caloundra towards Moreton Island on Wednesday.

It is understood the pilot was experienced and it wasn't the first time he had flown that particular aircraft.