The Mackay-based RACQ CQ Rescue Chopper has joined the search for two men missing after an ultralight aircraft failed to return to Emerald Airport late yesterday.
The Mackay-based RACQ CQ Rescue Chopper has joined the search for two men missing after an ultralight aircraft failed to return to Emerald Airport late yesterday. Contributed

Two men found dead in crash

THE wreckage of the ultralight aircraft was found by the Mackay-based RACQ CQ Rescue helicopter in bushland off the Capricorn Highway, east of Emerald, at 1.50pm.

Police have confirmed the two occupants are deceased.

The men, believed to be locals, took off from the airport at 3pm and were reporting missing at 6pm. 

A night search was conducted but failed to find any trace of the ultralight, which was believed to have been on a pre-sale flight.

No EPIRB signal had been detected from the craft.  

The Mackay-based RACQ CQ Rescue helicopter was tasked to Emerald last night with the crew departing Mackay Airport at 10pm.

They were sent by AUSSAR in Canberra to search for an over-due light plane.  

Crew on board the RACQ CQ Rescue helicopter remained in Emerald overnight and resumed their search at first light this morning. A relief crew from Mackay flew to Emerald this morning to allow RACQ CQ RESCUE to continue searching today.

The RACQ CQ Rescue helicopter was one of several aircraft involved in the search.

A Cairns-based fixed wing aircraft was also deployed to Emerald.


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