A recent tragedy took place after a South Australia plane crash happened, claiming the lives of three people. The plane crashed just north of Mount Gambier in the south east of South Australia. Investigations on the crash and how it happened are still ongoing, but there’s no doubt that this is a tragedy that no one will forget anytime soon.
The three people in the plane were identified as 78-year-old Grant Gilbert, who was piloting the aircraft, a 43-year-old woman and a 16-year-old girl, the latter two coming from Mount Gambier. There were no survivors from the crash. Gilbert got the license of the aircraft back in early 2014 and was able to fly it around the area for some time, before the tragedy took his life.
State MP Michael Pengilly expressed sadness over the death of Gilbert and the two women, stating “Grant and I go back 20 years, when he was my deputy chair of the regional health board and our friendship continued over the years.” The partner of the 43-year-old woman, Troy, is still processing the unfortunate event that took place, though his brother did speak for him regarding the incident, as reported by Sky News.
“Our thoughts are also with the family and friends of the pilot who was a dedicated and tireless volunteer who also lost his life in this tragic incident,” said Grant Redding, the brother of Troy. “Many thanks to the police, emergency services, staff at Grant High School and others for their sympathy and empathy in dealing with family members at this difficult time.”
Currently, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (or ATSB) are investigating what lead to the crash. “The team will be examining the site and wreckage, gathering any recorded data and interviewing any witnesses,” the ATSB said in a statement to ABC.