Monday 19 November 2018

Seaplane crash pilot 'knocked out by passenger taking photo'

 

The tragic crash occurred during a routine flight from an exclusive restaurant north of Sydney to Rose Bay on Sydney harbour. Stock image
The tragic crash occurred during a routine flight from an exclusive restaurant north of Sydney to Rose Bay on Sydney harbour. Stock image

Jonathan Pearlman

A seaplane crash in Australia which killed five British tourists last New Year's Eve may have been caused by a passenger accidentally turning with a camera and knocking out the pilot, according to the airline's new part-owner.

Jerry Schwartz, who recently announced a new partnership with Sydney Seaplanes, suggested that investigators were looking at the possibility that the front-seat passenger of the small single-engine plane moved to take photographs of the scenic river below and struck the pilot with his elbow.

"The investigation has shown that safety is good and it's actually believed to not be pilot error," Mr Schwartz said.

"The current belief is the passenger at the front actually knocked out the pilot."

The tragic crash occurred during a routine flight from an exclusive restaurant north of Sydney to Rose Bay on Sydney harbour.

Irish Independent

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