Three people have died after a light plane crashed into thick bushland west of Brisbane.
An experienced pilot, a millionaire businessman and his son have been identified by Nine News as the three killed as the aircraft went down in the Fernvale area near Lake Wivenhoe in the Somerset Region, 40 kilometres west of Brisbane, on Monday morning.
The pilot, Gary Liehm, had previously flown for Queensland fire and emergency services. Aboard were millionaire businessman Tom Strachan, 49, and his 20-year-old son Noah.
Nine News reported the plane took off from Roma at 7.20am, landed at Dalby about 9am and took off again 15 minutes later, before going down just after 10am.
Police confirmed the plane departed Dalby at 10am and was due to land at Archerfield at 2pm. Authorities began searching for the aircraft when it failed to arrive.
The plane was found during an aerial search and all three occupants were declared dead at the scene.
The plane hit bad weather and dropped from about 600 metres to about 150 metres, according to Nine News.
Aerial vision of the crash site showed a wing and other parts of the plane ripped from the fuselage and spread down a hillside.