Roma man and Norwich Park miner Darryl Marsh, 49, was found dead after his aircraft crashed approximately 100km north of Roma.
Roma man and Norwich Park miner Darryl Marsh, 49, was found dead after his aircraft crashed approximately 100km north of Roma.

Dysart miner dies in plane crash

ANITA Dwyer was yesterday desperate for news of her father who had not been seen since taking off from Roma Airport on his way to work in Dysart.

But later that day she got the news she feared most.

Roma man and Norwich Park miner Darryl Marsh, 49, was found dead after his aircraft crashed approximately 100km north of Roma.

Darryl flew his single-engine Cessna plane from Roma Airport at 2.50pm on Wednesday to make a scheduled two-hour trip to Dysart.

He was due to return to work at the mine at 6am yesterday; however, his plane did not reach its destination.

Nine helicopters and six fixed-wing aircraft, including the Mackay-based RACQ CQ Rescue, scoured areas between Roma and Dysart for most of yesterday before the aircraft was found, and search teams on site confirmed there were no survivors.

An Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) spokeswoman yesterday said search efforts were focused on the Carnarvon Gorge area yesterday afternoon after search planes detected intermittent readings from an emergency beacon.

A spokeswoman from the RACQ CQ Rescue said a weak signal was found during the search in the area north of Injune, near Roma.

She said it was a clear day, but the AMSA spokeswoman earlier said there had been some bad weather in the area, but it was clearing up, and could not comment on whether or not the disappearance had anything to do with stormy weather.

Mrs Dwyer said her father regularly flew himself to work, returning to his Roma home during his time off.

She said authorities used her father's mobile phone signal to triangulate his position.

"No one has heard from him. It's just a waiting game," she said before hearing the tragic news yesterday.

She said her mother was currently on holiday in Europe and was trying to get back to Australia.



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