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Father, 10-year-old daughter and 9-year-old son were killed in a horror plane crash while celebrating Christmas with their family

A DAD and his young son and daughter were killed along with his millionaire pilot boss during a “happy flight” when their small plane crashed and flipped over at sea.

The family of tycoon Roy Watterson, 67, awaits him to land at a local airport during a Christmas outing near Brisbane, Australia.

Roy Watterson, who died with three others when his plane crashed north of Brisbane

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Roy Watterson, who died with three others when his plane crashed north of Brisbane
The single-engine plane overturned and plunged into the sea shortly after take-off

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The single-engine plane overturned and plunged into the sea shortly after take-offCredit: 7

But his four-seater plane crashed into the water – killing him and his three passengers.

The other victims were Chris Mocanu, 41, who worked for Roy’s company, 10-year-old daughter Lavina and nine-year-old son Lucas.

The children’s mother was wrapping Christmas presents when she was informed of the accident. Express Mail report.

They were on a pre-arranged merry-go-round around Queensland’s Moreton Bay when they were killed around 9am on Sunday.

Aerial photos show Roy’s 114, 44-year-old commander Rockwell overturned on the roof as rescuers work to salvage the wreckage.

Police divers recovered four bodies around midday.

Roy’s family were told his plane had crashed while waiting for his return at nearby Redcliffe airport.

Police Inspector Craig White told reporters: “There were several family members of the pilot who were in the air at the time of the crash.

“Families became aware when they learned the plane had not returned to the site and they also started viewing social media posts.

“The family is hurting as deeply as you’d expect.”

Describing it as a “tragic accident” approaching Christmas, he said: “It’s the last thing any family needs to go through this time of year.”

Flight tracking data shows a search helicopter circling over the sea where it is believed to have crashed near a marsh nature reserve.

It is believed to have experienced engine failure shortly after takeoff and capsized as Roy attempted to return to land.

Inspector White said the plane was seen disappearing behind two mangrove forests, where the wreckage was soon discovered by another plane.

Roy founded a family-run business, the Lincom Group, providing the quarrying, mining and forestry industries, and he recently handed over the reins to his son Stephen.

Chris is an employee of the company.

“We are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of Roy Watterson, our president and founder, along with Chris Mocanu, our National Leasing Fleet Coordinator, and his two children. ,” said the company.

“The loss was felt deeply throughout the entire Lincom team.

“We were honored to work with both Roy and Chris, and we will miss them very much.”

Pals hailed Roy as an “extremely generous man” who was “respected beyond Australia’s borders”.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau is investigating what happened.

“Our Brisbane team was at the site gathering evidence and we had another investigative team from Canberra arriving on Monday morning,” ATSB Chief Commissioner Angus Mitchell said.

Plane found upside down in water near Redcliffe airport

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Plane found upside down in water near Redcliffe airportCredit: 7
Witnesses said it had engine problems shortly after take-off

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Witnesses said it had engine problems shortly after take-offCredit: 7
Friends pay tribute to local tycoon Roy Watterson

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Friends pay tribute to local tycoon Roy Watterson

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/17093852/dad-kids-pilot-plane-crash-brisbane/ Father, 10-year-old daughter and 9-year-old son were killed in a horror plane crash while celebrating Christmas with their family

Huynh Nguyen

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