Plane tours to go ahead

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

SWAN River Sea­planes di­rec­tor Kristy Bai­ley does not be­lieve the plane crash into the Swan River dur­ing Aus­tralia Day fes­tiv­i­ties will af­fect her busi­ness.

Peter Lynch and his pas­sen­ger En­dah Cakrawati died when the Grum­man G-73 “Mal­lard” fly­ing boat broke up on im­pact just af­ter 5pm on Thurs­day in front of hor­ri­fied on­look­ers.

Mr Lynch was a mem­ber of Queens­land-based aero­nau­tic club The Great East­ern Fly-In and re­port­edly moved to Perth only six months ago.

Ms Bai­ley said be­cause the air­craft that crashed into the river was dif­fer­ent from the 12-seater Cessna Car­a­van that her busi­ness uses, the in­ci­dent would not have an im­pact on the busi­ness.

“It's dev­as­tat­ing and not good tim­ing but the air­crafts are dif­fer­ent, the Mal­lard is an older air­craft,” she said.

“We have a highly-trained pi­lot who is very ex­pe­ri­enced.

“We've been field­ing calls since the in­ci­dent hap­pened be­cause some peo­ple thought it was our air­craft.”

Ms Bai­ley said the tours would start on Thurs­day.

In as­so­ci­a­tion with the City of Perth and WA Po­lice, the City of the South Perth made the de­ci­sion to can­cel the rest of the planned Cel­e­bra­tion Zone ac­tiv­i­ties on Sir James Mitchell Park in South Perth out of re­spect to the de­ceased and their fam­i­lies fol­low­ing the in­ci­dent on Aus­tralia Day.

“On be­half of the City, I of­fer my heart­felt con­do­lences and deep sym­pa­thies to the fam­i­lies of the pi­lot and his pas­sen­ger who lost their lives,” City of South Perth Mayor Sue Doherty said.

“The City ap­pre­ci­ates and sin­cerely thanks all Cel­e­bra­tion Zone at­ten­dees who moved from the South Perth fore­shore quickly and calmly.

“We thank you for your un­der­stand­ing and co-op­er­a­tion dur­ing a very dif­fi­cult time.”

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie­mu­ni­ d464706

The fly­ing boat which crashed into the Swan River on Aus­tralia Day.

SWAN River Sea­planes prom­ises flights from the Queen Street Jetty on the South Perth fore­shore to Mar­garet River in an hour. The flight will de­part from the jetty at 9am and ar­rive at Mar­garet River at 10am, with tourists able to ex­plore winer­ies be­fore

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