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Wreckage of missing plane found in Tasmania, pilot presumed dead

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The wreckage of a missing plane has been located in Tasmania's remote south-west.

Key points:

  • The plane was on a routine flight to pick up passengers from Melaleuca settlement
  • The ABC understands it was owned by Tasmanian company Par Avion
  • Police will be helicoptered to the site today

Search and rescue police determined the plane's sole occupant, the pilot, could not have survived the crash.

Tasmania Police Inspector Dave Wiss said an investigation team would be helicoptered to the site today.

"Our thoughts are with the family at this difficult time," Inspector Wiss said.

"We remain in contact and we will continue to provide them with the information we currently know to assist them in coming to terms with this terrible accident."

The aircraft was on a routine flight to pick up passengers from Melaleuca settlement.

The ABC understands the plane is owned by a Tasmanian charter flight company established in 1978, Par Avion.

Airlines of Tasmania managing director Shannon Well said the pilot had been with the company for three years and was "very experienced".

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