Young newlyweds who perished in a plane crash alongside their unborn baby shared dreams of buying another aircraft just months before they died.
Their white and green Piper Cherokee failed to arrive at Lakeside Airpark, in Prosperine, later that day prompting a frantic search by authorities.
Mr Kuhrt had purchased the beloved plane just six months before they crashed in remote bushland in the Clarke Ranges on Monday afternoon.
He revealed his plans to purchase another aircraft to ‘match’ his Piper Cherokee to Facebook friends last November.
Rhiley Kuhrt and his partner Maree (pictured) set off from cattle station Natal Downs, south of Charters Towers in rural Queensland , on Sunday afternoon
Mr Kuhrt posted a screenshot of a 1964 Piper PA-30 Twin Comanche aircraft with a multi engine propeller he had found online for $159,900 with the above caption
Mr Kurht revealed his plans to purchase another aircraft to ‘match’ his Piper Cherokee to Facebook friends last November (pictured is the plane he hoped to one day buy)
Mr Kuhrt posted a screenshot of a 1964 Piper PA-30 Twin Comanche aircraft with a multi engine propeller advertised online for $159,900.
‘Gotta set goals in life and my next goal to add to the hanger with my cherokee 180 is a piper twin comanche would look good next to my Cherokee,’ the post read.
One friend joked the keen aviator should buy a plane that could fit a car inside.
‘Haha yer when I get a few million together I’ll get a big army one that can carry a bunch of cars,’ Mr Kuhrt replied.
Photos and videos from the couple’s social media pages have revealed Mr Kuhrt had a passion for flying while his wife was a keen horsewoman.
The pair were married last October and shared several photos of them kissing on a hillside and astride horses in a spacious paddock.
‘My complete happiness,’ Mrs Kuhrt captioned the pictures.
On her Facebook page Mrs Kurht shared images from her wedding day last year
Mrs Kuhrt was expecting a baby girl in June and is understood to have been on the plane so she could attend a medical appointment at Prosperine Hospital.
Mr Kuhrt’s last Facebook post was a video recording of one of his many flights over rural south-west Queensland.
‘Wick afternoon run over the sorghum harvest and abit of fun,’ the post read.
In another video Mr Kuhrt is seen smiling and laughing at the camera before showing a handful of dogs sitting patiently in the back seat.
The camera then pans down to the mountainous regions below the aircraft.
A missing pilot made a video of himself taking a light aircraft for a joyride days before him and his pregnant wife (both are pictured) were killed in a plane crash
Mrs Kuhrt shared romantic pictures of the couple’s wedding in October 2022 on Facebook
The couple had been preparing for the arrival of their daughter after making the announcement to family and friends on Instagram in December.
They had celebrated a gender reveal party with loved ones in February.
Mrs Kuhrt shared a video of her and her husband popping confetti to reveal the baby was a girl as delighted friends and family watch on.
The expectant mother made her last Instagram post on Saturday and shared a selfie showcasing her growing baby bump.
’27 weeks now! Getting closer and closer to meeting baby girl,’ she wrote.
Loved ones have expressed their shock and grief at the news on social media.
‘My heart is breaking for you and your families, just days ago we were talking about how exciting it’s going to be raising our children together,’ one wrote.
‘You were honestly a beautiful couple and deserved nothing but happiness but that got taken away from you all of a sudden,’ another said.
‘You were going to be parents in a short amount of time. I will cherish the memories and moments we had working together last year.’
The desperate search for the missing couple (pictured) was launched by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s Joint Rescue Coordination Centre on Sunday
Two helicopters and a fixed-wing aircraft failed to find any trace of the missing aircraft
Mr Kuhrt is the son of a Mackay district police senior sergeant and head stockman and pilot at Nerrigundah station.
The desperate search for the missing couple was launched by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s Joint Rescue Coordination Centre on Sunday.
Two helicopters and a fixed-wing aircraft failed to find any trace of the missing aircraft on Monday night.
Bureau of Meteorology duty forecaster Ricus Lombard said search teams had to contend with poor and wet conditions.
‘It’s easing … (but the) potential with showers and storms. There is a fair bit of cloud as well,’ Mr Lombard said.
New details have since emerged of the couple revealing Mr Kuhrt had an avid passion for flying and regularly posted photos and videos to Facebook
‘There’s a weak trough just to the north so there is some shower and storm in the area.’
An AMSA spokesman said the search had resumed the following day before the wreckage of the plane was found.
‘At 10.15am (AEST) this morning, a crash site was located in the Clarke Ranges west of Proserpine by QG Air Rescue helicopter based in Townsville,’ he said.
‘An aircraft located at the crash site is confirmed to be the light aircraft that was reported missing after leaving Natal Downs Station in Queensland yesterday afternoon.
‘Queensland Police are co-ordinating with next of kin.’