Builders quiet on missing plane

Des Porter remains missing following the disappearance of a plane he was flying.
Des Porter remains missing following the disappearance of a plane he was flying. Terry Magee

THE brothers who rebuilt an airplane that went missing in the Sunshine Coast hinterland on Monday did not want to comment today on the search which has yet to yield any results.

The pilot of the plane that went missing in the Sunshine Coast hinterland was a close friend of the Murwillumbah brothers Greg and Nick Chellinor who rebuilt the De Havilland DH84 Dragon about 10 years ago.

The pilot Des Porter, his wife and four crewmen were aboard a vintage plane which has gone missing over the Sunshine Coast hinterland yesterday.

His wife, known as Kath, flew next to Mr Porter and the crewmen in the De Havilland DH84 Dragon, which reportedly struck trouble over Jimna Range near Kilcoy about 2.30pm.

The crew, believed to be similar in age to Mr Porter, 68, had attended a charity fundraiser at Monto where Mr Porter had taken dozens of people flying in the aircraft.

A board member for Recreational Aviation Australia and organiser of the Monto fly-in, Miles Breikreutz said the crew were experienced.

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