Pictured at Jerusalem Bay in Sydneys Hawkesbury river are police attached to Marine Area Command, during an operation to recover the wreckage of a Sydney Seaplane that crash into the water on New Year’s Eve. Picture: Richard Dobson.
Pictured at Jerusalem Bay in Sydneys Hawkesbury river are police attached to Marine Area Command, during an operation to recover the wreckage of a Sydney Seaplane that crash into the water on New Year’s Eve. Picture: Richard Dobson.

Mystery over seaplane tragedy remains

THE mystery surrounding the New Year's Eve crash of a seaplane into the Hawkesbury River outside Sydney has frustrated investigators, as the craft had no on-board flight recorder.

Air crash investigators are considering whether small passenger planes should be forced to carry black boxes as they try to understand why six people died in a New Year's Eve seaplane crash in Sydney.

The crash on December 31, 2017, that killed UK businessman Richard Cousins and four of his family members and Canadian pilot Gareth Morgan, is being investigated by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau on Thursday. The Bureau said they were still to complete a draft of the report.

The lightweight plane wasn't required to carry a cockpit voice or flight data recorder, leaving investigators to sketch the plane's final moments from witness accounts and the on-board photographs taken by Mr Cousins' family.

Pictured at Jerusalem Bay in Sydney’s Hawkesbury River are police attached to Marine Area Command, during an operation to recover the wreckage of a Sydney Seaplane that crash into the water on New Year’s Eve. Picture: Richard Dobson
Pictured at Jerusalem Bay in Sydney’s Hawkesbury River are police attached to Marine Area Command, during an operation to recover the wreckage of a Sydney Seaplane that crash into the water on New Year’s Eve. Picture: Richard Dobson

The ATSB said in an update on Thursday the fitting of flight recording systems to all lightweight planes operating passenger services is among several considerations.

The seaplane crashed into Jerusalem Bay in the Hawkesbury River Jerusalem Bay on New Year's Eve, killing its Canadian pilot Gareth Morgan, British businessman Richard Cousins, his sons William and Edward, his fiancee Emma Bowden and her daughter Heather.

All six people on board died. Picture: Richard Dobson.
All six people on board died. Picture: Richard Dobson.


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