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The airplane did not come back from a flight outside the Coromandel range near Coromandel.
If the aircraft does not return from the plane flying on the Coromandel Peninsula, a search is in progress.
The two-seater Vans RV-12 left Whitianga Airport at 4:45 pm on Friday and headed to Ardmore Airport near Manurewa in Auckland.
The thick fog of Manuree meant that he could not land in that area, and he understood that the plane could return to the Coromandel Peninsula, said Stephanie Morrison, a senior communications advisor to the Maritime New Zealand.
The last position of the satellites and radar was in a harsh area of the Coromandel, known as Kakatarahae, far from the town of Coromandel.
The Auckland-based Westpac Rescue Helicopter was tasked with searching and deploying missions, but due to weather conditions, it did not arrive at that location yesterday. You are now rejoining the search.
A police helicopter was also dispatched to the area to search for airplanes, and ground-based search and rescue personnel were tied to the last known location of the aircraft at night.
"There is a difficult terrain there," Morison said. "We still hope this is a rescue mission."
Tony Turner, a Mercury Bay Aero Club member, said he was not a "well-loved" Whitianga person and could not reveal the pilot's identity.