Sunday, January 14, 2018

Sydney Seaplanes delays takeoff



Sydney Seaplanes won't resume flights on Monday due to weather, two weeks after one of its planes crashed into a river north of Sydney, killing all six people on board.

The company stopped all flights immediately after the New Year's Eve crash which claimed the lives of Canadian pilot Gareth Morgan, high-profile UK businessman Richard Cousins, his two adult sons Edward and William, his fiancee Emma Bowden and her 11-year-old daughter Heather.

The DHC-2 Beaver, which crashed into Jerusalem Bay on the Hawkesbury River was pulled from almost 15 metres of water four days after the crash.

The recovery operation, which involved police divers, crane operators and the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, revealed significant damage to the aircraft.

The wreckage of the Beaver has been taken to a secure facility to be examined by bureau investigators where they will assess all aspects related to the aircraft airworthiness, its history and what caused the New Year's Eve crash.

A Sydney Seaplanes spokeswoman told AAP on Monday that flights would not recommence due to weather, while the Bureau of Meteorology issued wind warnings for the next two days.

A funeral service was held for Mr Morgan in Sydney last week after his family arrived from Canada to farewell the experienced pilot.

Sydney Seaplanes managing director Aaron Shaw earlier described Mr Morgan as "a great man and a great pilot".

Original article ➤ https://www.perthnow.com.au

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