Plane tours to go ahead
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.”
The flying boat which crashed into the Swan River on Australia Day.