Posted July 23, 2018 12:30:23 A family of four, including a 10-year-old boy, were killed when their plane crashed in Queensland’s north-west.
The Queensland Government has launched a probe into the crash of a private plane last month, with the family’s mother saying her son, Andrew, was a “good lad” and a “really great person”.
The father of the plane’s pilot, the 32-year old pilot and his partner had been in the country for a business trip.
The parents of two children were also on board, aged two and six.
The plane had crashed in a remote area of the state’s Pilbara region.
“My daughter is gone,” the pilot’s father, Gary, told ABC Radio Queensland.
“The plane has been blown apart.
I am very disappointed with the government’s response.”
“The Government needs to be looking at how to make the system safer for the families involved and to be a little bit more proactive about the people in the system.”
The pilot and the other pilot are now the sole survivors.
The pilot was a married father of four with two young children, who were flying to Brisbane when the plane went down.
The mother of the children is understood to be pregnant.
“I don’t think it’s right to keep talking about it,” Mr Gary said.
“We don’t want to let down the families who have lost a child.”
Queensland’s Minister for Education and Training, Chris Hartcher, said he was “deeply saddened” by the tragedy.
“Our hearts go out to the families affected and our thoughts and prayers are with them at this time,” Mr Hartcher said in a statement.
“As the investigation continues, we are working with the authorities to find out how this tragic incident occurred.”
The crash of the Piper PA-32 was the second of its kind in Queensland in less than a year.
In May, a plane crashed near the remote town of Waiheke, killing four people.
Police said the pilot and another person were in serious condition.
“This is a very sad day for the Pilbara community and I want to extend my heartfelt sympathy to all the families,” Mr Harb said.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the crash “must be a terrible reminder of how dangerous the skies can be”.
“This was a family member who worked tirelessly to bring people together to celebrate the New Year, who travelled for business, and who cared for the family in a way that was both genuine and heartfelt,” she said.
The Government said it was “extremely concerned” about the family and the pilot who had died.
“These tragic events have taken the lives of our families, friends and colleagues and are a further reminder of the need to keep aviation safe,” Minister for Transport Peter Garrett said in the statement.
The Department of Emergency Services said the state had an “unprecedented number of aviation-related incidents”.
A spokesman said it received three separate reports of the accident on Monday.
While we do not have the names of the other two people on board the plane, they are now in hospital and will be receiving specialist care.”