Six Killed In Tragic Seaplane Accident North Of Sydney
Very sad news reached us from Australia last night informing of a seaplane crash that took a whole family and the pilot, when the aircraft operated by the Sydney Seaplanes charter company, crashed into the river near the town of Cowan. Richard Cousins, the chief executive of catering giant Compass, his two sons, his fiance Emma and her 11 year old daughter were among those killed.
In a statement released by Aaron Shaw, CEO of Sydney Seaplanes the pilot Gareth Morgan had worked for Sydney Seaplanes on two occasions, the first from 2011 to 2014, after which he went to fly seaplanes in the Maldives. He then returned to working for Sydney Seaplanes in May 2017. Gareth was an extremely experienced pilot, with over 10,000 hours total time, of which approximately 9,000 hours was seaplane time.
Sydney Seaplanes transports approximately 27.000 people annually and has not had any accidents until now. A press conference took place at 3PM local time at the Rose Bay Terminal.
About Sydney Seaplanes:
Sydney Seaplanes first took to the air in 2005 with just a single plane, a de Haviland Beaver. Now, just a decade or so later, the company is the largest seaplane operator in Australia with a fleet of five beautifully refurbished Beavers and turbo-prop Cessna Caravans, employing 25 people. An iconic feature of Sydney Harbour the operator flies above some of the world’s most awe inspiring scenery – the Opera House, the Harbour Bridge, the Pittwater, a string of pristine city beaches and the luxuriant bushland of the Hawkesbury region. All scenic flights depart from the historic terminal and museum in Rose Bay with daily fly/dine packages to the culinary delights of such waterfront restaurants as the Cottage Point Inn, Peats Bite or Jonah’s at Whale Beach. To learn more visit seaplanes.com.au