The bodies of two people have been recovered after a microlight plane crashed at a national park in Western Australia’s northwest.

Police said the aircraft was reported overdue from an aerodrome in Exmouth about 4.30pm on Wednesday.

The wreckage was found about three hours later, south of Exmouth.

“Two occupants have been located deceased,” police said in a statement on Thursday.

They are yet to be identified, but are believed to be a man and woman aged in their 50s.

Police said the man was the pilot.

“Their families have been notified,” police said.

“The investigation into the cause of the crash is ongoing.”

The recovery operation began at first light on Thursday.

Exmouth is a popular spot for tourism flights and microlight planes.