A LARGE-scale search to find a lost plane that crashed in the Barrington Tops more than 30 years ago has failed to find any trace of the aircraft.
More than 150 emergency service personnel spent four days looking for the plane in rugged
terrain at the headwaters of the Williams River in the Barrington Tops National Park.
The plane crashed in August 1981 with the loss of five lives. It remains mainland Australia’s only unsolved civil aviation disaster.
Manning-Great Lakes Local Area Commander Superintendent Peter Thurtell told ABC Radio the result was disappointing but not unexpected.
He said search crews had found the going tough in the difficult terrain.
Project Wittenoom was a multi-agency search operation involving members of the Police Rescue and Bomb Squad, SES, VRA, Rural Fire Service, NSW Ambulance Service, the Australian Defence Force, National Parks and Wildlife Service and the Bushwalkers Wilderness Rescue Squad.
Superintendent Thurtell said it was unlikely another search on the scale of Project Wittenoom would take place in the near future.