Light plane crash: Divers on the scene

REGIONAL Aviation Australia and police will investigate the cause of Sunday’s plane crash off Barlings Beach which left one man confirmed dead and another man missing.

Light plane crash: one dead, one missing: UPDATED

Speaking at a media conference on Monday morning, Far South Coast police crime manager Detective Inspector Kevin McNeil said police held “grave fears” for the second man believed to be travelling in the plane, which crashed about 12.10pm on Sunday.

He said the body recovered from the scene on Sunday had not yet been formally identified due to “severe injuries” caused in the crash.

Mr McNeil said divers began searching the crash area down to 20 metres on Monday morning.

“We believe there were two people on board that plane and we’ve spoken to both families and we’re continuing our search for the second body,” he said.

“Obviously it’s a tight-knit community and a local community and they are devastated by this.

“We’re in the process of doing the investigation and obviously it’s very traumatic circumstances.”

Mr McNeil said there were no calls of distress made prior to the plane going down.

“As with any investigation into aviation accidents we will go through all of those logs and we will investigate that circumstance,” he said.

“The Recreational Aviation Authority, together with local investigators, will continue the investigation, hopefully we will retrieve that wreckage and that will be forensically examined.”

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