Search resumes for missing biplane

MISSING: The home-built, aerobatic biplane.
MISSING: The home-built, aerobatic biplane.

An air force helicopter will search the northern end of Coromandel Peninsula later today looking for a missing light aircraft and its pilot.

Auckland man Daroish Kraidy took off from Ardmore south of Auckland on Tuesday in his aerobatic biplane and was last seen heading northeast. It hasn't been seen since.

The Rescue Co-ordination Centre (RCCNZ) said this morning the Iroquois would cover an area not yet searched by search teams.

"At the same time, we will be doing a comprehensive review of the search and all the information received by the public to assess what our next steps should be," search co-ordinator Neville Blakemore said.

The response from the public to RCCNZ's appeal for information relating to the search had been outstanding.

Yesterday, search teams covered five areas comprising Wainuiototo Bay, the eastern side of the Coromandel Peninsula, a bush area to south of Miranda on the eastern side of the Firth of Thames, the Karangahake Gorge between Paeroa and Waihi, and the northern end of the Firth of Thames.

Anyone who saw the distinctive blue and white plane on Tuesday or had any information that might help the search should contact RCCNZ on 0508 472 269 or the police.