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Australian investigators hope to recover seaplane this week


AFP
Sydney
Accident investigators hope this week to raise a seaplane which crashed into an Australian river with the death of six people, including a high-profile British chief executive.
Richard Cousins, the boss of catering giant Compass, his sons Edward and William, fiancee Emma Bowden and her daughter Heather Bowden-Page were killed in the accident on the Hawkesbury River north of Sydney on New Year's Eve. Pilot Gareth Morgan also died.
Nat Nagy, executive director of transport safety for the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, said the investigation would cover the plane's maintenance record as well as its components and any recordings of the flight.
"So that could involve avionics or instruments that are attached to the aeroplane, but also things like mobile phones, iPads, GoPros that we will be able to recover data from," Nagy said, announcing the intention to recover the DHC-2 Beaver Seaplane this week.
A preliminary report is expected in a month.
Witnesses on a nearby houseboat told national broadcaster ABC how they dived into the river, which was covered with aviation fuel, in an attempted rescue.

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