TWO CONFIRMED DEAD IN PLANE CRASH NEAR COFFS HARBOUR

Police have confirmed the bodies of two men have been found in the wreckage of a light aircraft, which disappeared from radar near Coffs Harbour on Friday.

The Mooney M20 aircraft left Murwillumbah en route to Taree at around 6:30 in the morning, with the alarm raised later that day after the plane failed to arrive at its destination.

A large scale search was launched, with a specialised search and rescue jet from Melbourne brought in to assist in the operation.

Just after first light this morning, a crew onboard the Westpac Rescue Helicopter located the crash site, with the conditions still too dangerous to winch a person to the ground.

The pair were later located by police.

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