The families of an engaged British couple died in a plane crash as they celebrated the new year in Australia.
Five people and a pilot were aboard the seaplane when it fell into the Hawkesbury River north of Sydney on Sunday, and police in New South Wales confirmed that no one survived.
Experienced pilot Gareth Morgan, 44, flew the Cessna over the scenic area with customers Emma Bowden, 48, and her fiancé Richard Cousins, the 58-year-old CEO of the major catering company Compass Group.
Bowden and Cousins, visiting from the United Kingdom, had also brought along their children Edward and William Cousins, 23 and 25, and Heather Bowden-Page, 11.
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The elder Cousins, chief of Compass for the past 11 years, was set to retire in March before the fatal crash.
“Richard was known and respected for his great humanity and a no-nonsense style that transformed Compass into one of Britain’s leading companies,” the company’s chairman Paul Walsh said in a statement.
It was not immediately clear what caused the plane to crash, and police said that an investigation was underway from Australia’s transport authority.
Weather reports show only light rain in the area on Sunday.
Sydney Seaplanes, which was behind the flight and offers tourists scenic trips above the region as well as tourist destinations, said that it had suspended flights until further notice.
Its plane is still submerged in the river, and may not be taken out for several days.
The deaths of the Britons came the same day that ten Americans vacationing in Costa Rica died along with two crew members in the Central American country.
Five victims were identified as the Steinberg family of Scarsdale, N.Y., with father and mother Bruce and Irene Steinberg perishing alongside their children Matthew, William and Zachary.
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