THE body of a pilot has been found in the wreckage of a light plane that was discovered in the North East this morning.
Police found the wreckage of the single engine Cessna 182 on the Dargo High Plains Road, 10kms south of the Great Alpine Road, at 8.40am after it went missing yesterday.
The light plane has taken off from Moruya, on the far south coast of NSW, at 8.15am yesterday and was due to land at the Mangalore Airport, north of Melbourne, at 11am but never arrived.
The Border Mail understands the pilot had been in Moruya to deliver parts for a helicopter being used in the firefighting efforts in the Deua.
"He was bringing up parts for a helicopter that needed repairs," Eurobodalla Mayor Lindsay Brown told Fairfax Regional reporters yesterday.
"He stayed overnight on Tuesday and was heading back to Victoria.
"I understand the company he works for is the company that supplies the helicopters."
Eight helicopters and two fixed wing planes had narrowed the search to a 20 nautical mile wide route between Mangalore and Mount Hotham this morning, after the AMSA received radar data overnight as well as reports of unconfirmed sightings of the wreckage.
The search resumed at 7am today.
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau will investigate the crash.