Plane crashes in southeast Australia, at least three dead

Small plane crashes into sea in southeast Australia, leaving at least three dead

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Three people dead after light plane crashes into sea off Australia's Victorian coast January 29, 2016.

A small plane has crashed into the sea southeast of Australia Friday, leaving at least three people dead and authorities are searching for a fourth, according to reports.

Victoria Police have confirmed at least three bodies were found when the aircraft crashed into the sea, 2km from Collendina Beach, between Barwon Heads and Point Lonsdale, just before 12:30pm local time, and coast guards are yet to locate the fourth body.

A male fisherman had witnessed the crash and thereon called emergency services to the scene.

Police confirmed that the plane took off from Moorabbin Airport, however they have yet to release flight details until the registered owners and next of kin are contacted.

Two vessels were deployed at the scene and a third was likely to be sent with at least 10 emergency services at the site of the crash, a coast guard spokeswoman said.

Weather conditions were reported to be poor, but the exact cause of the crash is still unknown.

Barwon Heads is located on the south coast of Victoria, situated 25 kilometres east of Great Ocean Road.

TRTWorld and agencies