The de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver floatplane was operating on New Year’s Eve as part of a “fly dine” sightseeing trip to Rose Bay in Sydney Harbor when it made a “totally inexplicable” turn and crashed, according to Sky News.
Onboard the aircraft were British businessman Richard Cousins, his sons Will and Edward, Cousins’ fiancée Emma Bowden and her 11-year-old daughter Heather, in addition to Australian pilot Gareth Morgan. All were killed in when the plane dove into Jerusalem Bay, located north of Sydney.
Richard Cousins, a British businessman, was killed in the crash, along with his two sons, his fiancee and her daughter.
“The current belief is the passenger at the front actually knocked out the pilot,” Jerry Schwartz told the newspaper.
The passenger at the front of the plane may have accidentally struck the pilot in the head while moving his arm to take photos of the river area down below, the paper reported.
The new co-owner of Sydney Seaplanes said in a recent interview the current belief is that a passenger accidentally knocked out the pilot, possibly while taking a photo.