Search for missing biplane suspended

The search for a homemade biplane which disappeared near Auckland with the pilot aboard on March 25 has been suspended.

Daroish Kraidy's home-built aerobatic plane disappeared from radar detection shortly after it took off from Ardmore airfield.

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."


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