Police investigate bi-plane wreckage

The wreckage of a missing biplane of Daroish Kraidy (inset) is picked up in fishing nets by the the fishing vessel San Kawhia off the southern point of Great Barrier Island. Photo / Chris Gorman
The wreckage of a missing biplane of Daroish Kraidy (inset) is picked up in fishing nets by the the fishing vessel San Kawhia off the southern point of Great Barrier Island. Photo / Chris Gorman

A Police Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) expert has started the process of examining the light plane recovered off the coast of Great Barrier Island yesterday morning.

The small plane, containing a body, was picked up in a net by Sanford fishing trawler San Kawhia yesterday morning, and police said some features were consistent with 53-year-old Daroish Kraidy's plane which went missing in the area in March.

Next of kin of missing Auckland pilot Daroish Kraidy were advised by police last night that initial trawler crew reports that a body was in the wreckage, have been revised.

Inspector Mark Benefield says it is more accurate to say some human remains appear to be in the wreckage which will take some time to examine and formally identify.

The Civil Aviation Authority is not present at the Marine Rescue Centre today.

- The Aucklander

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