Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Searching for missing bi-plane suspended

Searching for missing bi-plane suspended


The Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) has suspended the search for a missing home-built aerobatic bi-plane that took off from Ardmore airfield near Auckland on Tuesday 25 March, with a 53-year-old pilot on board.

The aircraft disappeared from radar minutes after taking off but aerial searches of the Coromandel Peninsula, surrounding sea areas, bush to the south of the Firth of Thames, islands in the Hauraki Gulf and off the Coromandel Coast have failed to find any sign of the plane. No distress beacon was activated.

Numerous helicopters and fixed wing aircraft were involved in the search effort including a RNZAF IROQUOIS helicopter and a RNZAF P3 ORION.

Search areas were determined after analysis of radar plots and reported sightings by members of the public that indicated the aircraft had travelled to the northern end of the Coromandel Peninsula after taking off.

Drift modelling was also carried out after a small oil slick was sighted by helicopter in the sea off the east coast of the Coromandel Peninsula the day after the aircraft disappeared. This determined where the slick may have started drifting from and the Police launch and national dive squad carried out a search of area off New Chums Beach at Wainuiototo Bay.

RCCNZ Search and Rescue Mission Coordinator Geoff Lunt said the entire search operation had been extensively reviewed and based on all known information including reports from the public no new areas of interest had been identified.

“The decision to suspend a search is not taken lightly – it is obviously a very difficult time for the family and our sympathies are with them,” he said.

“Unfortunately at this stage we have covered all likely scenarios without any sign being found of the aircraft. We had an excellent response from the public in this operation, which has guided our searching , and we would like to acknowledge this assistance. If we receive new information that indicates we should look at other options, the search can be resumed at very short notice.”

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Werewolf Issue #49: Gordon Campbell Interviews Laila Harre

For 25 years, Labour and National have been in virtual agreement about the basics of economic policy, and differed mainly on how to go about managing its social consequences.

Such is the power of the economic orthodoxy that when opposition parties arise – say, in the shape of the Greens – their “credibility” is measured by the extent to which they give the appearance of learning and abiding by the ruling consensus.

The tension between the desire for change – and the inability of the current political framework to deliver it – creates openings for populists of all stripes. It is what has made the emergence of Internet Mana so interesting. More>>

 

Parliament Today:

Gordon Campbell: On National’s Electorate Deals

For all the talk yesterday from Prime Minister John Key about National being transparent about its electorate deals in Epsom and Ohariu, that transparency is entirely front-loaded. More>>

ALSO:

Greens: Oil Drilling Face-Off With Labour

The key policy points in the Green Party’s plan to protect our beaches from oil spills are to:
1. Prohibit deep sea oil drilling; 2. Implement compulsory shipping lanes for coastal shipping; 3. Build Maritime New Zealand’s oil spill response capability; and 4. Introduce a stronger legal framework so that when accidents do happen, the New Zealand taxpayer does not have to pay for the clean-up. More>>

ALSO:


Nick Smith v Fish & Game:

Minister Told Of FBI Investigation, Says INZ: Coleman Must Quit Or Be Sacked Over Dotcom Case - Harré

Immigration New Zealand has done the right thing in distancing itself from Jonathan Coleman’s claims that ministers were not aware of FBI involvement in Kim Dotcom’s residency application, says the Internet Party. More>>

ALSO:

Valedictory Season: Maori Party Founders Say Goodbye

Two major Maori MPs gave there farewell speeches to Parliament Thursday outlining their history, experiences, triumphs and regrets. More>>

ALSO:

Resignation Not Accepted: Transport Minister Breaches Aviation Security Rules

"Running late for a plane at Christchurch Airport, I without thought breached airport and airline security rules by entering the gate lounge through a door usually used for exit only..." More>>

ALSO:

TAIC Report: Urgent Recommendations After Melling Rail Accident

The Transport Accident Investigation Commission has made four urgent recommendations to KiwiRail following the accident two months ago (27 May) when a Matangi passenger train collided with a stop block at Melling Station, Lower Hutt. More>>

ALSO:

Red Tape: Local Regulations Go Under Microscope

The Government says it is accepting nearly all of the recommendations the Productivity Commission has made on ways to improve local regulations. More>>

ALSO:

Spending Questions: Claudette Hauiti To Step Aside At Election

National Party President Peter Goodfellow confirms that he has received notification from List MP Claudette Hauiti that she plans to step aside at the 20 September election. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news