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AustraliaLoyal dog's lonely vigil as search for missing pilot continues

13:00  06 june  2019
13:00  06 june  2019 Source:   brisbanetimes.com.au

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Kyla the German Shepherd was waiting patiently at the front gate of her owner's Gold Coast home, but the chances of him coming home were dashed when his body was found in wreckage off South Stradbroke Island.

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Loyal dog's lonely vigil as search for missing pilot continues © Tim Arvier - Nine News "Kyla" waits at the front gate of her owner's Gold Coast home. The Yak-52 pilot is missing and feared dead. Searchers had found wreckage off South Stradbroke Island about 5.30pm, prompting grave fears for the wellbeing of the pilot and his 31-year-old female passenger.

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Southport Flying Club president Neil Aitkenhead said the pilot was an active club member who flew regularly and described the incident as "a tragedy".

Loyal dog's lonely vigil as search for missing pilot continues © 7 News Australia Helicopters, boats and jet skis scour the water off Stradbroke Island after several pieces of debris were found. Mr Aitkenhead said the Yak-52 aircraft, often used for aerobatics and scenic flights, was "very hardy, well-known and reliable".

Senior Sergeant Jay Notaro said the several pieces of debris found in the water were "consistent with the missing plane" - a privately owned Soviet-era Yak-52.

Police also said the 31-year-old woman, who was a passenger in the missing ex-Soviet plane, was on the scenic flight because it was given to her as a birthday gift.

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Loyal dog's lonely vigil as search for missing pilot continues © Supplied FILE IMAGE: Yak-52 aircraft were previously used as advanced Russian military training planes.

The aircraft was meant to be in the air for only a half-hour scenic flight after departing Southport Airport on the Gold Coast about 10am on Wednesday.

The pilot and his passenger remained missing. Police said both lived on the Gold Coast and were known to each other, but not related.

Senior Sergeant Notaro said the missing woman was the mother to an 11-year-old daughter and it was her birthday on Thursday, the day after the plane disappeared.

Loyal dog's lonely vigil as search for missing pilot continues © Nine News Helicopters, boats and jet skis scour the water off Stradbroke Island after several pieces of debris were found.

"It actually was a birthday flight. The pilot was known to her and providing that flight as part of her birthday celebrations," he said.

The air, land and sea search resumed on Thursday with police bringing in specialised underwater sonar equipment.

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Other resources include Polair, the Westpac rescue helicopter, jet skis, all-terrain vehicles, water police vessels and volunteer marine rescue groups.

"There was some debris located and that is consistent with that plane. From there, we've located debris at different locations," Senior Sergeant Notaro said.

"It is quite a large search area, which actually spans the whole of South Stradbroke Island and to up North Stradbroke as well.

"It certainly has [been a tricky search]. A lot of that debris has been within the waves and the conditions at the moment are quite tricky and that is hampering our efforts."

Mr Aitkenhead said flying conditions were perfect on Wednesday and the plane was spotted flying above South Stradbroke Island about half an hour after take-off.

He added that it was a private flight and there was no way of knowing where the pilot had gone.

"He could have landed anywhere. It wasn't until investigations dug deeper and found it was only intended to be a 30-minute flight that the alarm was raised," Mr Aitkenhead said.

The Australian Marine Safety Authority said the debris was found about 5.30pm on Wednesday.

"AMSA is working with local search and rescue authorities to confirm if debris found near Stradbroke Island is from a missing light aircraft," the statement read.

"Air Services Australia contacted AMSA at about 1.15pm to report the missing plane and AMSA tasked aerial assets to conduct a search along the aircraft’s most likely route."

Police have asked members of the public to stay away from the search area and stretch of coastline where the debris was found, but anyone with information should come forward.

"We would like the public to steer clear of the search area at the moment. If something does wash up, if they can contact Policelink [13 14 44] and not touch the debris."

"I'm calling on any witnesses who may have seen this plane between the hours of 10am and 11am yesterday [Wednesday] in the proximity of the coastline of South Stradbroke Island."

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