Search for missing Plett plane continues

2011-02-09 07:26
George - The search for a light aircraft that went missing over Plettenberg Bay would resume at first light, the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) said on Wednesday.

"No sign of a 'downed' aircraft was found on the surrounding coast and dense vegetation hampered the search and rescue effort...at 01:55 the search was suspended until first light," NSRI spokesperson Craig Lambinon said.

He said an alert had been issued to all vessels at sea to be on the lookout for the plane.

The aircraft had been travelling from Queenstown to Plettenberg Bay and disappeared while trying to land near the Robberg Nature Reserve in heavy fog on Tuesday.

The single-engine aircraft was carrying two crew and seven employees of Italtile Ltd, the company's spokesperson Del-Maree English said.

"An announcement will be made as soon as further information becomes available," English said.

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