Pilot died while filming reality TV
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.