Sgt Vic Tipman keeps guard at the crash site.
Sgt Vic Tipman keeps guard at the crash site. Renee Pilcher

Police take over crash probe

THE Upper Kandanga crash site where six people died this week is under 24-hour-a-day police guard, it was revealed yesterday.

There were no survivors after the well-known 1934 De Havilland Dragon biplane crashed into the Kandanga Range, near the boundary of the Hart family's Oakview grazing property.

Gympie CIB officer-in-charge Gregg Davey yesterday said specialist police would now be working to identify the remains of deceased victims of the crash.

The Disaster Victim Identification Squad was primarily the police squad reserved for dealing with the victims of major incidents, accidents, air crashes and natural disasters.

"That will take a couple of days," Sgt Davey said.

"Forensic crash investigators will also be up there as well," he said.

"The Air Traffic Safety Bureau will investigate, as will as police.

"We will do our investigations and both will report on their findings to the Coroner."

Sgt Davey said the police guard would continue until all on-site investigations had been concluded.

All wreckage and other material would be removed from the site as possible evidence.

The wreckage was discovered on Wednesday after an intensive search effort.

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