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Pilot missing in Victorian high country

The pilot last made contact yesterday afternoon.

Authorities are concerned for the safety of a pilot who’s gone missing in the Victorian high country.

The pilot was flying alone and is believed to be missing between Mount Beauty and Corryong.

They last made contact yesterday at 12.41pm.

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) duty manager Dan Gillis says they’re concerned that the pilot is in “grave and imminent danger”.

“The terrain is mountainous and densely vegetated and the aircraft is well overdue to arrive and well past endurance, in terms of the fuel that it had on board,” he said.

The AMSA says that the weather conditions have caused low visibility, which led to the search coming to a stop overnight.

Gillis said that this search will be difficult regardless of the conditions.

“Even with good weather conditions this will be a very challenging search,” he said.

Helicopters are currently on standby to resume the search once the weather improves. There are also police officers and volunteers searching the area on foot.

Gillis says that they’re also looking into mobile tracing and talking to members of the public to try and refine the search area.

“The smaller we can make the search area the better our chances are of locating the aircraft.”



PHOTO: Mount Beauty township by Greg Johnston available HERE and used under a Creative Commons License. This photo has not been modified.

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