Sydney aircraft horror: British household together with woman, eleven, and pilot killed in seaplane crash

Richard Cousins, fifty eight, was CEO of FTSE one hundred firm Compass Group – the world’s largest catering firm – and died alongside Emma Bowden, forty eight, and her eleven-yr-previous daughter Heather Bowden.

Mr Cousins’s two sons, William Cousins, 25, and Edward Cousins, 23, have been additionally killed within the crash.

Police stated the group have been on vacation in Australia from the UK, and have been on a return flight to Sydney’s Rose Bay, near Sydney Harbour, when the crash occurred.

The aircraft got here down off Jerusalem Bay close to Cowan, 25 miles north of Sydney centre, at about three.10pm on Sunday.

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Victims of the seaplane crash close to Sydney

The aircraft was reportedly coming back from a restaurant journey when it plummeted right into a river.

Superintendent Hutchings added: “At three.15pm within the afternoon, police and emergency providers responded to a seaplane that crashed on the Hawkesbury River close to Cowan in an space referred to as Jerusalem Bay.

“The six passengers on board perished in that crash. Because of that incident, an investigation on behalf of the Marine Investigative Group and the Australian Transport Security Bureau into the circumstances of the collision has commenced.

“However earlier than I transfer on from that, the New South Wales Police Pressure and the Marine Space Command are in little question that the individuals of New South Wales want to prolong our honest condolences to the household and buddies of those that perished yesterday.

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Emma Bowden and Richard Cousins have been killed within the tragedy


These individuals had come over on vacation to one of the lovely elements of the world and for this to occur at a spot like that is simply tragic


Det Supt Mark Hutchings



Mr Cousins, who was lately named as one of many world’s greatest-performing CEOs by the Harvard Enterprise Evaluate, was because of stand down as chief government of Compass in March.

Paul Walsh, the agency’s chairman, stated: “We’re deeply shocked and saddened by this horrible information. The ideas of everybody at Compass are with Richard’s household and pals, and we prolong our deepest sympathies to them.

“It has been an ideal privilege to know Richard personally and to work with him for the previous few years.

“Richard was recognized and revered for his nice humanity and a no-nonsense type that reworked Compass into one among Britain’s main corporations.”

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Edward Cousins (left) died alongside his youthful brother William

Detective Superintendent Mark Hutchings, head of the New South Wales marine space command, informed a press convention the crash “can solely be described as a tragic accident”.

He added: “These individuals had come over on vacation to probably the most lovely elements of the world and for this to occur at a spot like that is simply tragic.”

Emma Bowden was the artwork editor of OK! Journal which launched a press release saying employees have been saddened by the lack of their colleague.

The assertion stated: “Emma was our Artwork Editor and had been a part of the OK! Journal workforce for 15 years, becoming a member of in April 2003.”

 OK! Journal editor Kirsty Tyler stated: “All of the employees at OK! Journal are deeply shocked and saddened to listen to about this horrible tragedy. We want to prolong our heartfelt sympathy to all Emma’s household and associates.

“Emma was a well-liked and lengthy-standing member of employees at OK! Journal and she or he can be significantly missed by us all.”

Former editor-in-chief Lisa Byrne additionally paid heat tribute to her good friend and colleague.

She tweeted: “Phrases can’t categorical my utter unhappiness and devastation. 

“Emma Bowden was one of many loveliest individuals I’ve ever labored with at OK! Journal and her daughter Heather was lovable. 

“In complete shock once I heard her identify on the information. Cannot cease crying. My coronary heart goes out to all of the household

“I used to name Emma the Grace Kelly of OK! Journal. All the time serene, smiling and by no means obtained concerned in workplace politics.”

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Former OK! Journal worker Emma Bowden and her daughter Heather

William Cousins was head of press for Open Britain, which campaigns towards a tough Brexit.

The group’s chairman Roland Rudd stated Mr Cousins was an “extraordinary younger man” who can be “missed past phrases”.

“All of us at Open Britain are devastated by the tragic lack of Will and his household,” he stated.

“Will was a unprecedented younger man who was enthusiastic about what he did; who took deep satisfaction in his work; and got here into the workplace daily with enthusiasm, power and willpower.

“Will noticed his position at Open Britain as greater than a job. For him, it was a trigger akin to a campaign to cease Britain crashing out of the EU with no deal or a nasty deal.

“Will was an ideal group participant who beloved the camaraderie of our younger staff and developed shut relationships with all his colleagues. He can be missed past phrases.”

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Sydney Seaplanes pilot Gareth Morgan

The sixth one that died was named as Australian pilot Gareth Morgan, forty four, who labored for tour firm Sydney Seaplanes.

Chief government Aaron Shaw described Mr Morgan as a “mild man”.

He stated: “He was a stunning man. “We’re all completely devastated at his loss. 

“Ringing his mother and father at present was the one of many worst calls I’ve needed to make in my life.

“We simply need to resolve this as shortly as we will. We’re specializing in serving to our employees and the related authorities.”

The tour operator has suspended all flights till additional discover.


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