Bodies of Brisbane husband, wife believed dead in plane crash not found
The mayday call was made about 4.30pm on Wednesday before their plane disappeared from radar. It made no further transmissions.
Police said the Wakerley man was an experienced pilot and had flown the plane before. Weather is not believed to have been an issue.
On Thursday afternoon, Inspector Craig White said police had been in contact with next of kin, who “continued to be supported by other family members and friends”.
“It’s a terrible time for the family as they still have no certainty as to the welfare of their loved ones,” he said.
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau, which will investigate the incident, has listed the crash position as 22 kilometres north-north-east of Tangalooma.
The extensive land, sea and air search for the Cessna 182 was called off at 1pm on Thursday.
Search efforts had resumed across the 500 square kilometre area at first light after searchers were hindered by rough seas and storms.
Debris has been founded scattered to the north of the island, including a wheel and a sheet of metal from the body of the aircraft.
– with AAP