Crash plane piloted by Walgett man
A 40-YEAR-OLD man from Walgett was the pilot and sole occupant of a light plane whose fire-damaged wreckage was located in the rugged Warrumbungle Mountains yesterday (Monday), police say.
His name has not been released.
Specialist forensic officers and detectives from Dubbo this morning (Tuesday) are en route to the crash site with Australian Transport Safety Bureau and AMSA officers.
The Cessna 102 left Walgett Airport on a direct flight to Mudgee at 9:43am and Air Traffic Control was informed at 12:09pm that the plane had not arrived at Mudgee.
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) initiated a search and at 3:55pm located the Cessna on Mount Exmouth, in the Warrumbungle Mountains, 35km west of Coonabarabran.
The aircraft had crashed and sustained significant fire and structural damage, AMSA reported.
A helicopter was deployed to the site but was unable to land because of the heavy terrain and steep landscape, police say.
Anyone with any information that may assist police inquiries is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.