4.50PM UPDATE: The search for a single engine Cessna 182 has failed to find any trace of the missing aircraft at this stage.

The plane left Moruya at about 8.15am Wednesday, heading for Mangalore in Victoria, but didn’t arrive.

Five aircraft are involved in the search.

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority said the search team was flying the route that the single-engine plane was expected to take to Mangalore airport.

But spokesman Sam Cardwell said the search area was very wide, and bad weather was causing difficulties.

‘‘The weather along the route is reported to be very poor with strong winds and low cloud,’’ he said.

Mr Cardwell said there had been no contact made with the pilot, the only person on board, for five hours since shortly after he departed from Moruya.

3.30PM UPDATE: Three helicopters and two fixed wing aircraft are looking for a single-engine plane that wentmissing after leaving Moruya airport Wednesday morning.

The Cessna 182 with one person on board left Moruya Airport at 8.15am, headed for Mangalore in Victoria.

It was due in at 11am but has failed to arrive.

File photograph.

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority has confirmed the plane is missing but says no emergency beacon has been activated.

A search is underway along the projected flight route.

3.10PM: Police have been notified that a light single engine aircraft has gone missing from Moruya airport.

The aircraft left Moruya airport at 8am Wednesday, heading south,and has not been heard from since.

Moruya airport wascontacted by the rescue co-ordination centre in Canberra and the police were notified.

The Rural Fire Service has confirmed it wasnot one of their aircraft.

More details as they come to hand.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.

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