Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Farmer Finds Crash Plane; Pilot Still Missing but Authorities Hold No Hope

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Farmer Finds Crash Plane; Pilot Still Missing but Authorities Hold No Hope

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Byline: Arthur Gorrie

WOOLOOGA farmer Murray Gear could not immediately identify the wreckage he stumbled across on his parents' farm yesterday.

But his find was quickly confirmed as the Jabiru aircraft that disappeared on Saturday morning.

It was a tragic end to the three-day wait for family and friends of Yandina pilot Rob Pavan, 60 (pictured).

Mr Pavan had taken off from Gympie's Kybong aerodrome on his way to a friend's birthday party about 87km west of Gladstone.

Mr Gear was searching by trail bike for a lost hub cap in a remote and mountainous part of the property.

A search helicopter tried unsuccessfully to winch a crew member down to the plateau.

Ultimately, police had to travel by 4WD to the scene, where they confirmed it was the wreckage of a plane.

A search will begin today for Mr Pavan, but authorities ruled out any chance that he would have survived the "high impact crash".

The Gears' property runs into the mountains from about 6km north-west of Woolooga. …

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