On Monday morning, 8 January, several pieces of aircraft wreckage were found on a beach at the south-eastern tip of Bribie Island, Qld. Also early on Monday morning a woman's body was washed up some 35 km further north. It was then that police realised that an aircraft had crashed into Moreton Bay. No aircraft had been reported missing in the area.
Later it was determined that a single engine aircraft registered VH-DDW had been hired for an extended private business trip from Victoria to south-east Queensland and had departed Caloundra on a NOSAR flight to Kooralbyn via Jacobs Well. The aircraft did not arrive at Kooralbyn. However, it was not reported as missing. The main aircraft wreckage has not been located.
The pilot's body was recovered from the ocean beach four kilometres north of Woorim on 9 January 1996.