Search for missing hang glider pilot ends in tragedy

The Sunshine Coast based RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter was called into assist with the search for the pilot after it was believed he made a forced landing yesterday near Double Island Point.

The crew began searching with night vision goggles around 10:30 last night and returned to base without sighting the hang glider or the pilot.

The RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter resumed the search this morning.

The crew discovered the canopy of the hang glider half way between Double Island Point and Rainbow Beach about 750 metres inland from the beach.

The flight paramedic was winched onto the scene and discovered that the pilot was deceased.

The Rescue crew notified the Queensland Police of the location.