Five killed in plane crash in Queensland

Efforts to retrieve the bodies of five men killed in a light plane crash on a remote beach in Queensland's far north are being hampered by bad weather.

The bodies of the men remain in the wreckage of the twin-engine Cessna, which crashed on to the beach during its third attempt to land at the Lockhart River aerodrome on Wednesday.

The weather was appalling at the time, with the Cape York Peninsula town copping heavy rain, driven by a low pressure system that's expected to develop into a cyclone by Saturday.

Four men who were passengers and their pilot died when the plane smashed into sand dunes about 7km southeast of the airstrip.

Media reports say the four passengers worked for the Queensland government's building unit QBuild in Cairns. AAP has sought comment from the Department of Housing and Public Works.

Thursday's recovery efforts will be hampered by ongoing poor weather, and Queensland Police Acting Chief Superintendent Chris Hodgman says the mission will take some time.

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