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Family devastated after missing pilot's body found

CRASH SCENE: A police Forensic Crash Unit vehicle makes its hazardous way from the almost inaccessible crash site near Woolooga yesterday
CRASH SCENE: A police Forensic Crash Unit vehicle makes its hazardous way from the almost inaccessible crash site near Woolooga yesterday

ROB Pavan has been remembered as a man who loved nothing more than taking to the skies.

With a lifelong passion for flying, the 60-year-old Yandina man was more often seen in a plane rather than in a car.

Mr Pavan took off behind the controls of his Jabiru aircraft on Saturday morning before he crashed into rugged mountain country north-west of Gympie at Woolooga.

Police say it was a high impact crash, which no-one could have survived.

The father of two was travelling to a friend's birthday party near Gladstone on Saturday in a Jabiru two-seater he built himself.

He was not seen or heard from since 9.30am Saturday morning and since that time an extensive search was conducted covering more than 6000 sq km.

Mr Pavan's family could just simply sit and wait as the hours and days dragged on.

But yesterday afternoon the Pavan's received the devastating news that Mr Pavan's body had been found after specialist emergency response police traversed the area using delicate rope work.

The teams will reassemble at 6am today to retrieve the body.

Back at home, Mr Pavan's parents Lois and Tony have been surrounded by family and friends at their greatest time in need.

Mrs Pavan said her son loved to fly and spent his days building planes.

"He was just fascinated with planes," Mrs Pavan said.

"He loved building planes.

"He started flying ultralight and moved up from there.

"It's been an anxious wait but we will hopefully have all the questions answered soon."

Mrs Pavan said her son never had an accident before the fatal crash.

The eldest of three children, Mr Pavan learnt to fly about 20 years ago on the Sunshine Coast.

"He was very particular with his planes, he was never in an accident before this," Mrs Pavan said.

"But when he would tell me he was going flying somewhere, I'd always say 'be careful' and he'd always say, 'but what a way to go', which is strange to think now.

"The police have been so good letting us know what's been happening, but we haven't gone out to the search site.

"I don't think I'd want to, I'd rather remember the lovely memories instead."

Police will now prepare a report for the coroner.

Gympie Times

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