Search underway for missing plane

Fears for 72-year-old pilot

16 May 2017

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Image: Murwillumbah Airport, Lachie Harry 

The search for a missing plane continues south of the border this morning.

Police and SES crews combed bushland between Tyalgum and Chillingham yesterday afternoon while helicopters circled above.

It's after a farmer reportedly spotted the light aircraft in trouble near Limpinwood around 10:45 on Tuesday morning, apparently with a broken wing.

The plane took off from the Murwillumbah Airport about 45 minutes earlier, and a friend of the 72-year-old pilot reported him missing after he failed to reach his destination by 2pm as planned.

He was the sole occupant of the aircraft.

There was no sign of the plane on Tuesday night.

It's thought the green-coloured aircraft may be camoflaged amongst the trees.

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