British vacationer’s digital camera holds clues to deadly seaplane crash

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Pictures taken by one of many British victims of a airplane crash on New Yr’s Eve final yr are serving to investigators piece collectively why the plane got here down.

Richard Cousins, the 58-year-old chief government of FTSE 100 firm Compass Group, died alongside his sons, Will and Edward, aged 25 and 23, his fiancee Emma Bowden, 48, and her 11-year-old daughter Heather, when the de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver plunged into water in Jerusalem Bay, 25 miles north of Sydney metropolis centre.

The seaplane’s pilot, 44-year-old Gareth Morgan additionally died.

Richard Cousins, Will Cousins, Ed Cousins, Emma and Heather Bowden
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Richard Cousins, Will Cousins, Ed Cousins, Emma and Heather Bowden

An interim report into the accident has mentioned photos from Canon digital digital camera recovered from the wreckage, together with eyewitness accounts, have helped investigators piece collectively what occurred within the moments earlier than the crash.

A preliminary report earlier this yr mentioned the airplane had hit an space of water away from the anticipated and normal flight path, earlier than colliding with the water in a near-vertical place.

The Australian Transport Security Bureau’s (ATSB) government director Nat Nagy mentioned: “With no on-board knowledge obtainable from the plane itself, transport security investigators have been in a position to make use of witness statements and pictures retrieved from one of many passenger’s cameras to find out what occurred within the lead-up to this accident.

“The ATSB’s investigation is constant and can now take a look at numerous elements surrounding the pilot’s well being and medical historical past.

“We have now engaged an aviation medical specialist to help with reviewing the pilot’s medical information in addition to the post-mortem outcomes, which the ATSB has not too long ago acquired over the previous month.

“That assessment is now underneath method and we count on the outcomes to seem from that over the approaching months.”

The ultimate report into the crash shall be launched subsequent yr.