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Theodore man, 43, dies in ultralight crash

Shaun Edwards with his Powerchute.
Shaun Edwards with his Powerchute. Alasdair Young

A MUCH-loved Theodore resident has been taken too soon following a fatal ultralight aircraft accident on the weekend.

His death is said to have hit the entire community of Theodore "very hard".

Shaun Edwards took off from a private airstrip on a cattle property about 10km from Theodore about 8am on Saturday.

Police said the aircraft fell into a nose-dive shortly after take-off and crashed into a field on the property.

Mr Edwards was found dead after the incident.

The 43-year-old was described as a "prominent figure with a big personality" by members of the Theodore community, and he enjoyed living life to the fullest.

His family lived for many years in the district, and had owned a farming properties.

Keith Shoesraft, who employed Mr Edwards when he was 15, said he was a vibrant man.

"He lived here all his life...he did a lot of different work and he did it well," he said.

"Shaun lived life to the limit, lived on the edge of it anyway...they say if you're not living on the edge then you're taking up too much room."

Mr Shoesraft said the loss came as quite a shock.

"You don't mind people dying when they've had their innings. We've had a few funerals around here but they're mostly people past their 70s," he said.

"It's sudden and unfortunate this one...you can't believe it when it happens."

Mr Edwards was known for his "fearless" attitude and owned several Harley-Davidson motorcycles.

Investigations into the cause of the accident are still ongoing.

Definition:

The craft was a group D ultralight and could reach speeds of 70km/h.

The body consists of a cart, engine, propeller and parachute.

Topics:  accident, aviation, editors picks, gladstone, theodore




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