A pilot is dead after his light plane crashed in Victoria’s rugged alpine region.
The wreckage of the single engine Cessna was found by a search helicopter around 20km west of Mt Hotham about 8.40am today.
The plane had gone missing after it took off from Moruya on the far south coast of NSW at 8.15am on Wednesday and never made it to its destination at Mangalore Airport, about two hours north of Melbourne.
Eight helicopters and two planes resumed their search at 7am today, scouring a corridor 20 nautical miles wide between Mt Hotham and Mangalore after an unconfirmed sighting and radar and mobile data was used to narrow their focus.
Australian Maritime Safety Authority spokesman Sam Cardwell said a rescuer on the helicopter was lowered to the wreckage where he confirmed the pilot, the sole person on board, had died.
Mr Cardwell said an investigation into the crash would be conducted by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau.
Victorian police will prepare a report for the coroner.