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Plane crashes into escarpment

AN investigation is underway after a light plane crashed into the escarpment near Bulli last night.
About 7.45pm on Tuesday, Wollongong police received reports of a loud bang heard between Bulli Tops and Sublime Point.
Police received reports of a missing single-seater aircraft, with a 57-year-old man on board, after it left Wedderburn Airport about the same time.
Fire & Rescue NSW, Police Rescue, State Emergency Service, Rural Fire Service and NSW Ambulance Paramedics commenced a wide-scale search of the area overnight which recommenced at first light this morning in fog and rain.
Shortly after 8am today a police team searching an escarpment near Austinmer found the wreckage of a plane with the body of a man, believed to be the 57-year-old pilot, inside.
Police are investigating the cause of the crash and a recovery operation is underway. A report will be prepared for the Coroner.

About Mick Roberts

A newspaper journalist, writer and local historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in the Sydney and Illawarra regions of NSW for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides authoring a number of history books, Mick has owned and operated several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limted), Sydney based, City News, and is now with Torch Publications.

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