CXfirst From Norway, joined Jan 2007, 3296 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 7105 times:
Maybe a bit of the point, but I was watching Sky Australia news the other day, and they said that the police might be seeing his death as an act of heroism, because it seems he could have landed on the beach (which is safer) but opted for the sea, as there were children on the beach.
KPWMSpotter From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 489 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 4343 times:
I can't help but doubt that the pilot actually jumped from the aircraft...
The report's only statement about a jumping pilot comes from a nine year old girl, who may have easily been confused about what she saw (debris falling from a damaged component or something?)
It almost contradicts another statement they published, stating that the aircraft was at a steep angle. I just don't find it logical that a pilot would take his attention away from the controls for long enough to jump when he was in a dive already...
There's definitely more of a back story to this crash than this article is able to report from the preliminary data...and it's really hard to tell what could have truly happened from whats provided. Condolences to the pilot and all involved nonetheless.
Qantas747300 From Australia, joined Dec 2006, 70 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 3790 times:
The Gold Coast bulletin has confirmed that the pilot DID NOT try and jump from the aircraft before impact. This exact aircraft (VH-DIC) and pilot were both involved in an accident some months ago. The paper also reports that the pilot had serious safety concerns about the Comanche and even commenting that he wouldn’t be surprised if it killed him one day.
This aircraft was owned by Dick Smith some years ago, hence the registration.
It has made front page news here two days in a row. Very tragic.