The search for a homemade biplane which disappeared near
Auckland with the pilot aboard on March 25 has been
Daroish Kraidy's home-built aerobatic plane disappeared from
radar detection shortly after it took off from Ardmore
Searchers have been looking for any sign of the plane since
then but the Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand said
today it had suspended the search.
RCCNZ Search and Rescue mission co-ordinator Geoff Lunt said
the entire search operation had been extensively reviewed and
based on all known information including reports from the
public no new areas of interest had been identified.
"The decision to suspend a search is not taken lightly, it is
obviously a very difficult time for the family and our
sympathies are with them," he said.
"Unfortunately at this stage we have covered all likely
scenarios without any sign being found of the aircraft. We
had an excellent response from the public in this operation,
which has guided our searching , and we would like to
acknowledge this assistance. If we receive new information
that indicates we should look at other options, the search
can be resumed at very short notice."