The wife of the WA millionaire businessperson missing in a plane crash flew to Indonesia last night to help search for her husband saying: “I have not lost hope.”
Indonesia’s National Search and Rescue Agency in Jakarta yesterday confirmed Peter John Elliott was one of four people on a Cessna aircraft that lost radio contact while on a mapping survey trip on Borneo Island on Friday morning.
It left from Samarinda the provincial capital of East Kalimantan for a 90-minute flight.
Cuddling their two young sons Roydon, 11, and two-year-old Douglas, Lita Elliott, 37, said she had to remain strong and confident for the sake of her family.
“I want to remain focused and totally positive,” she told The Sunday Times yesterday from their home in Kardinya.
“I have hope and believe he is alive.
“I will be flying to Jakarta in a few hours tonight and then go straight to Kalimantan. My husband’s family are on their way here from Melbourne now.
“I am confident we will find him alive. I want to remain positive and do not even want to talk about anything else.”
Dr Elliott, 57, is the general manager of Elliott Geophysics International, a Bibra Lake-based company that specialises in geophysics and geology for mineral, oil, coal and groundwater exploration.
Roydon said his father often carried out mining surveys from the air in Indonesia.
“Dad would stay home for one or two months then go to Indonesia for two or three weeks to work, then come home,” he said.
“We are all praying he will be OK.”
Elliott said her husband was happy because Friday marked the last day of his training using specialist geophysics equipment.
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade said a search and rescue mission had been undertaken on Friday, but stopped because of poor light.
An eight-member rescue team was sent to the area and the search resumed yesterday morning.
After the search and rescue mission was temporarily suspended, Dr Elliott’s daughter, Amelia Edwina Robinson Elliott, posted a Facebook message yesterday saying wreckage had been found.
“The search and rescue think they’ve spotted the plane by satellite image and are sending men in, but it’s difficult terrain. Fingers crossed,” she wrote.
Earlier she had asked people to “please pray for him”.
A pilot and two Indonesians are believed to have also been on the plane.
The Australian Embassy in Jakarta said it was aware of the incident and was providing consular assistance to the family.