Pilot feared dead as plane wreckage found in Queensland

Jabiru J160 made in Australia. Credit: Recreational pilots

Wreckage from the single engine aircraft flown by missing experienced amateur pilot Rob Pavan has been located in southern Queensland.

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority said the wreckage, which has signs of the impact at high speed, was within the southern part of the initial search area about 6km north west of the town of Woolooga, north west of Gympie.

AMSA was advised by the Queensland Police Service that a landowner had come across objects on a mountain plateau on his property that could be related to an aircraft. The objects were confirmed to be the wreckage of the Jabiru plane belonging to Rob Pavan.

Search efforts continue on the ground to locate the pilot of the aircraft, but investigators say he could not have survived the impact.

Rob Pavan, 60, had not been seen since taking off on Saturday morning. AMSA Search and Rescue began their search about 4.15pm on the same day with a total of 5 fixed wing aircraft and 12 helicopters, as the pilot had failed to arrive in Dixalea.