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Sydney seaplane crash kills Compass chief

Sydney seaplane crash kills Compass chief
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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.
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