DOMINICO ZAPATA / STUFF
The plane failed to return from the ferry above Coromandel Range near Coromandel.
A search is under way after the plane has not returned from the summer via the Coromandel Peninsula.
Two-seater Vans RV-12 with one person on board flew from Whitianga Airport on Friday at 4.25 AM for Ardmore Airport near Manure in Auckland.
The heavy fog on the Manure meant that it could not land on that site and that it was known that the plane might have made a return to the Coromandel peninsula, said Stephanie Morrison, Senior Communications Advisor in New Zealand.
His last known position on satellite and radar was in the rough area of Coromandel known as Kakatarahae, not far from Coromandel.
Westpac Rescue Helicopter based in Auckland was in charge of seeking and locating duties, but weather conditions yesterday prevented the site from reaching. She is now on the search again.
A police helicopter was also shipped to the area to search for the plane, and a night search and rescue base was sent overnight, linked to the last known position of the aircraft.
"It's a terrain," Morrison said. "We hope this is still a rescue mission."
Mercury Bay Aero Club member Tony Turner said he could not reveal the identity of the pilot, except that he was a "beloved" Whitian man.