Tasmania Police say there is a 0 per cent chance of surviving the plane crash in the state’s South-West wilderness area after finding the wreckage.
The twin-engine Airlines of Tasmania plane went missing about 8.30am on Saturday, with the search continuing most of the day.
It was located at West Portal near the Western Arthur Ranges about 7pm.
The plane was found by the Westpac Rescue Helicopter.
Tasmania Police Inspector Dave Wiss said the search team determined that the pilot could not have survived the crash.
“The conditions were such that it was too dangerous for the search and rescue members to be winched down to the scene at the time,” he said.
“We intend to helicopter an investigation team into the site tomorrow. The terrain is steep and dangerous and we will only be using investigators and forensic officers with search and rescue training.”
Inspector Wiss said police had been in contact with the family.
“Our thoughts are with the family at this difficult time … We will provide them with the information we currently know to assist them in coming to terms with this terrible incident,” he said.