A PLANE that disappeared in the Sunshine Coast hinterland was rebuilt at Murwillumbah about a decade ago.

Brothers Greg and Nick Chellinor, based at Murwillumbah Airfield, rebuilt the 1934 de Havilland DH84.

Early this morning seven helicopters began searching over thick bush land in the Sunshine Coast hinterland for the Dragon DH84 and its six missing passengers, including pilot Des Porter.

Authorities believe the vintage De Havilland DH84 Dragon 2 biplane ran out of fuel about 2.30pm over the Jimna Range near Kilcoy yesterday.

No communication has been made with the pilot or passengers since.

Sunshine Coast Police, State Emergency Services and search and rescue teams are on standby to begin a land search for the plane.

Mr Porter, believed to be 68, was flying from a vintage air show in Monto to Caboolture when authorities were alerted by his aircraft's distress beacon over Noosa.

 

 

 

 

 

The Dragon being rebuilt. Photo: Terry Magee
The Dragon being rebuilt. Photo: Terry Magee Terry Magee
The Dragon at Murwillumbah. Photo: Terry Magee
The Dragon at Murwillumbah. Photo: Terry Magee


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