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Plane Missing In Australia Found: No Survivors
All six people on board a vintage plane have been killed after the aircraft crashed into remote countryside in the Australian state of Queensland.
Rescue teams had been searching for the aircraft after the plane's owner and pilot Des Porter, 68, made an emergency call on Monday.
In a tragic twist, Mr Porter survived a crash in the same plane when he was 11, although his father and brother did not survive.
As an adult he rebuilt the aircraft and learned to fly it himself.
Australian Maritime Safety Authority spokesman Mike Barton said the crash site was found about 2pm on Wednesday near Borumba Dam, north of Brisbane, which was a major focus point of the search.
"It was a high impact crash and there appear to be no survivors," he told reporters.
Mr Barton said the aircraft was "not in a condition that you would recognise as a plane".
"The plane is fundamentally destroyed," he said.
One of the passengers on board the red De Havilland Dragon DH-84 was the pilot's wife, Kath Porter, 61.
The other four passengers are believed to be friends of the couple.
The biplane was built in 1934 and was one of only four in the world. It had been taking part in an air show.
The region became the main search area for rescuers after a signal was picked up from one of the victim's mobile telephones.
Campers in the area had called in with information about possible sightings.
Mr Barton said he had to "put aside" the fact he knew Mr Porter personally while he was leading the search effort.
"That was always our hope today, that we would find this site and we would find survivors," he said.
"It's disturbing. I think he had a very wide group of friends and I think the antique airplane community are going to be quite upset for a while that they've lost him, and certainly the friends and relations of the other occupants as well."