HAMPERED BY SEA: Sydney police divers return to Fishery Creek in Ballina yesterday on the second day of their search for the mi
HAMPERED BY SEA: Sydney police divers return to Fishery Creek in Ballina yesterday on the second day of their search for the mi

Ultralight victims still missing

By MEGAN KINNINMENT

OCEAN Shores man Will Banks and his son, Joel Banks, of Lismore, are still missing after an ultralight plane crash off Tyagarah Beach on Saturday.

Police late yesterday released the names of the 54year-old father and his 25year-old son whose bodies are believed to be trapped in the cockpit of the borrowed plane.

A search for the plane was called off yesterday morning.

Police said they were now considering the best way to continue their investigations after heavy seas forced police divers out of the water at 11.30am.

Divers yesterday headed out to sea to continue the search at 5am.

They towed sophisticated sonar equipment behind their boats as they scoured the ocean floor for any sign of the ultralight wreck.

The sonar picked up several objects, mostly rocks, but the search failed to retrieve any debris from the ultralight plane that crashed 700 metres offshore at 12.30pm on Saturday.

"We have to be realistic about what to expect," Detective Gary Sheehan, from Byron Bay police, said yesterday.

"We are still planning to continue the search at this stage," he said.

A search on Monday was also called off because of rough seas.

The crash is now the sub- ject of an investigation by Recreational Aviation Australia that will determine whether the cause of the accident was pilot error or mechanical failure.



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