Police find remains following light plane crash

Police find remains following light plane crash

Victoria Police say human remains found after Port Phillip Bay plane crash are likely to be that of Stephen Gale and his passenger, camera operator James Rose.

Crews on Monday evening found the wreckage of the plane off the shore of Mornington.

The aircraft was one of two Viper S-211 Marchetti planes conducting a formation flight for a Jetworks Aviation promotional video about 12km west of Mount Martha.

They collided mid-air and one crashed into the water about 1.45pm on Sunday while the second landed safely at Essendon Airport with two people on board.

Gale, a highly experienced flyer, owned Jetworks Aviation, an Essendon Fields-based business created for the yet-to-air TV documentary Any Fool Can Fly. It is not believed to have a broadcaster or production company involved.

The series was set to show a “group of high achievers” attempting to master flying, aerobatics and formation, with comedian Tommy Little among the “student pilots” featured.

James Rose has worked on high-profile TV shows including MasterChef.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau is also investigating the crash.

Source: The Guardian