Sydney seaplane crash kills Compass chief
|bbc.com 01 Jan 2018 at 23:25|
Colleagues of Richard Cousins, 58, chief executive of one of the world s largest catering companies, Compass Group, described his "great humanity".
He died alongside his fiancée, magazine editor Emma Bowden, 48, her 11-year-old daughter Heather, and his sons, Edward, 23, and William, 25, a campaigner.
Australian pilot Gareth Morgan, who also died, was known as "a gentle guy".
All six died when the seaplane - which belonged to a firm running sightseeing tours - plunged into a river 30 miles (50km) north of Sydney.
The family, from Tooting, in south-west London, were reportedly flying back to Sydney from an exclusive waterfront restaurant in Jerusalem Bay on New Year s Eve.
The crash happened in Hawkesbury River, near the suburb of Cowan, at about 15:10 local time (04:10 GMT) on Sunday, police said.
The cause is not yet known and investigators say it could be many months before they can piece together events.