Pi­lot died while film­ing re­al­ity TV

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - Opinion -

AN Aus­tralian pi­lot killed in a mi­cro­light air­craft crash dur­ing film­ing of re­al­ity TV show The Amaz­ing Race should not have been in the air that fate­ful day, a se­nior fly­ing in­struc­tor says.

The plan was for Ian Cook to be on the ground as a safety mar­shal, keep­ing an eye out for “whirly-winds” as Yar­ra­wonga Aero­drome man­ager Peter McLean took con­tes­tants of Amaz­ing Race Viet­nam on fly­ing cir­cuits. But a Vic­to­rian coroner has been told pro­duc­ers wanted a cam­era­man in the air, and the gen­er­ous Mr Cook vol­un­teered to take him up. Mr Cook, 60, and Syd­ney cam­era­man Quoc Huong Vu, 43, were killed on im­pact when the “trike” air­craft nose­dived into the ground on a warm day in March 2016. Fel­low pi­lot and wit­ness to the crash Lau­rie Thomp­son said Mr Cook put his hand up to help pro­duc­ers by of­fer­ing to take up Mr Vu.

Mr Thomp­son said he did not know what caused the crash but spec­u­lated that the cam­era lean­ing out could have in­ter­rupted the airstream, caus­ing the trike to “yaw” to one side.

Ian Cook.

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