Nikita Jo Walker has been named as the pilot killed in the plane crash near Federation Peak in Tasmania’s south-west at the weekend.
The 30-year-old Southern Tasmanian woman was making a routine flight to Melaluca about 8.30am on Saturday.
The tracking system showed the aircraft was in the air for about 40 minutes and followed the usual route and altitude before getting into trouble over the Arthur Ranges, Airlines of Tasmania managing director Shannon Wells said.
Search and rescue operations on Saturday were hampered by low cloud and the area’s rough terrain and forests.
Tasmania Police search and rescue-trained investigators flew to the crash site on Sunday to retrieve Ms Walker’s body and the plane’s emergency location transmitter.
Inspector Dave Wiss previously told The Examiner the team had two objectives on Sunday.
“To safely retrieve the pilot’s body, and to forensically examine the scene,” he said.
“It was important to achieve both objectives for the sake of the family and to ensure a greater understanding of the events that contributed to this tragic event. Thankfully, both have been successfully achieved.”
Police are working with the Australian Transport Safety Bureau to investigate the crash.