In a family statement to the media, brothers Owen Dull, 61, of Roadvale and Robert Dull, 68, of Toowoomba, were announced as the victims of the light plane crash in Koreelah National Park, on Sunday afternoon.
They took off from the Casino Airport in a single engine aircraft at around 2pm. When they failed to arrive at the Boonah Airport as planned, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority was advised. A search was initiated by two aircraft while officers from the Richmond Police District assisted.
The crash site was located on Monday morning in rugged terrain north-west of Casino. The wreckage was found by the Westpac Rescue Helicopter about 9.45am, approximately 1.5-kilometres into the Koreelah National Park. NSW Police, with the assistance of NSW Police Rescue and SES volunteers, accessed the site from the ground.
At 3pm, NSW Police Rescue officers arrived at the wreckage and confirmed both men had died in the crash.
The following is the statement released by the family of the two brothers:
The two brothers killed in a plane crash in northern New South Wales were both experienced pilots who were passionate about aviation.
Robert Bryan Dull, 68, of Toowoomba and Owen Stanley Dull, 61, of Roadvale, were flying from Casino to Boonah on Sunday, January, 12. Robert had built the plane as a labour of love over the past few years. It was awarded the “John Liddell Award, Best Hybrid Experimental Amateur Built Aircraft 2019” by the Sport Aircraft Association in October 2019 and it had met all regulatory requirements.
Both men had flown light aircraft for more than 30 years.
Robert is survived by his wife, three adult sons, their spouses and four grandchildren. Owen is survived by his wife.
We would like to thank all of those involved in the search and recovery efforts for Robert and Owen in difficult conditions.