An aerial photo of the plane crash at South Gundurimba, south of Lismore where two people died.
An aerial photo of the plane crash at South Gundurimba, south of Lismore where two people died. Doug Eaton

Search on for cause of fatal aircraft crash

INVESTIGATORS from the Australian Transport Safety Bureau yesterday continued to search for clues at the scene of Friday's fatal light plane crash at South Gundurimba.

With rain looming on Friday, ATSB investigators instructed police to photograph the bodies of the 40-year-old trainee pilot, Currumbin businessman Chris Bowles and his 47-year-old flight instructor from Air Gold Coast before removing them and placing tarpaulins over the wreckage.

Two ATSB investigators who landed in Lismore from Canberra on Friday night were joined by another pair of investigators on Saturday, to try to piece together the plane's final minutes.

Over the weekend and yesterday they combed the surrounds of the crash scene looking for the remains of a GPS tracking device which may provide vital clues.

This device along with data, the pattern of wreckage, marks on the ground where the plane came down, radio transmissions, weather conditions and witness statements will be used to try to piece together the cause.

Police were yet to officially release the name of the other man as they were still notifying family.



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