Port Phillip Bay plane crash: wreckage of ex-military jet found in water

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The wreckage of an ex-military combatant pitchy that crashed into Victoria’s Port Phillip Bay has been recovered disconnected the enactment astatine Mornington.

Crews person been scouring Port Phillip Bay for immoderate motion of TV camera relation James Rose, 30, and aviator Stephen Gale, 56, aft their Jetworks Aviation formation went down astatine astir 1.45pm connected Sunday.

Victoria constabulary connected Tuesday greeting confirmed crews recovered a ample portion of the assemblage of the level disconnected the enactment of Mornington.

Police planned to hunt the fuselage erstwhile it was removed from the water.

Investigators were inactive moving to find the nonstop circumstances of the midair crash and believed the craft would person been disposable from Mount Martha betwixt 1pm and 2pm connected Sunday.

Officers urged anyone who saw the planes to travel forward.

Gale, a highly experienced flyer from Brunswick, owned Jetworks Aviation.

The level was 1 of 2 Viper S-211 Marchetti craft conducting a enactment formation for a Jetworks Aviation promotional video astir 12km westbound of Mount Martha.

They collided midair and 1 crashed into the h2o portion the 2nd landed safely astatine Essendon airdrome with 2 radical – including off-duty Qantas skipper Joanne Mein – connected board.

It is understood Mein was successful the rear spot of the 2nd craft and wasn’t flying the jet.

A Qantas spokesperson said the institution was profoundly upset to perceive astir the incidental astatine Port Phillip Bay.

Camera relation   James Rose was 1  of those connected  committee  the plane.
Camera relation James Rose was 1 of those connected committee the plane. Photograph: Supplied

“The quality has shocked the Qantas and Jetstar aviator communities and everyone’s thoughts are with these families,” the spokesperson said.

“We’ve reached retired to those progressive and are providing immoderate enactment we can.”

With hours passing and nary motion of the craft wreckage, the rescue ngo shifted connected Monday to a betterment mission, with the 2 men presumed dead.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau was readying to interrogation the surviving aviator of the 2nd level connected Monday afternoon.

Jetworks Aviation, based astatine Essendon Fields, hosts formation grooming and joyousness rides, with 1 bundle offering a 45-minute two-jet combatant enactment flight.

The concern was created for the TV documentary Any Fool Can Fly, which is yet to air, according to the show’s website.

The bid was acceptable to amusement a “group of precocious achievers” attempting to maestro flying, aerobatics and formation, with Australian comedian Tommy Little among the “student pilots” featured.

Rose, a well-known and experienced drone relation who lived successful Surrey Hills, has worked connected high-profile TV shows for the Nine and Seven Networks and accumulation institution EndemolShine, including connected cooking amusement MasterChef.

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