Monday, 1 January 2018

Six dead in New Years eve tragedy

This morning I woke to the news that a seaplane owned and operated by Sydney Sea Planes had crashed in Sydney yesterday afternoon killing all six people on board.
It is reported that around 3.15pm the float-equipped de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver impacted the water off Cottage Point, Jerusalem Bay in Sydney NSW and flipped on impact then sank rapidly according to witnesses.
The aircraft carrying one pilot and five British tourists, including an 11 year old girl, was on a return flight to Rose Bay, Sydney Harbour. It was reported that the plane sank to around 13 meters. Police divers have now confirmed all six bodies have been recovered.

Sydney Seaplanes offers scenic flights over Sydney tourist attractions and waterways including the Opera House, the Harbour Bridge and Pittwater, as well as the Hawkesbury River region.
The popular service has been operating for 80 years, and has carried high profile passengers such as Pippa Middleton and husband, James Matthews.

Aircraft Information

Aircraft Type: de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver 
Operator: Sydney Sea Planes
Registration: VH-NOO
Serial Number: 1535

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the immediate family and friends and of course all the staff at Sydney Sea Planes.

Police have now named the victims as Gareth Morgan, a 44-year-old experienced seaplane pilot; Emma Bowden, aged 48, Heather Bowden, aged 11, Richard Cousins, 59, and Edward and William Cousins, aged 23 and 25 respectively.

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