Bodies of doctors still not identified

THE bodies of two doctors killed in a plane crash at Mundubbera on Wednesday have still not been formally identified, as police sift through the wreckage.

While it has been widely reported the dead couple were locums Dr Dan Rainolds, 48, and Myrthe Runne, 37, a Queensland Police Service spokesman said it was too soon to confirm the names.

"It is still under investigation," he said yesterday.

It is believed their BD-4 plane rain into trouble shortly after it began taking off from Mundubbera airport, and witnesses described it "falling from the air" about 7.30am.

The plane crashed into a field and burst into flames, incinerating the couple who died at the scene.

Tributes to the couple have poured in from colleagues and former patients, describing them as "good friends and outstanding doctors".

Health Workforce Queensland chief executive officer Chris Mitchell said his team was extremely saddened by the deaths of "two fine rural and remote doctors".

The Health Workforce's publication, Heart of the Bush, featured two separate interviews with the doctors, who spoke of their passion for their work in regional and remote communities.

During her interview, Dr Runne professed her love for adventure and her career.

"Because you know your patients well, you can really make a difference and that is the main reason I have become a GP, and I hope that goes for most of us," Dr Runne told the journal.

In his interview, Dr Rainolds said he had been globetrotting since he was 13, and spoke of Australia's "fresh spirit of prosperity and fun".

Police will compile a report from their investigations which will be given to the Coroner



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