Christiaan Gobel, 79, (photo) and three others were killed Wednesday during a training exercise with two light aircraft in Mangalore, north of Melbourne
The wife of a pilot who died when two airplanes collided in the middle of the sky got a double blow after it appeared that their son had died in a plane crash 15 years ago.
Christiaan Gobel, 79, and three others were killed on Wednesday during a training exercise with two light aircraft in Mangalore, north of Melbourne.
Family and friends gathered around his wife Wilma, who had a hard time because their son Anthony Gobel, 35, died in similar circumstances.
The light aircraft of Anthony Gobel collapsed in bad weather in December 2005 in a paddock about 20 kilometers west of Condobolin, in the west of NSW.
Bendigo Flying Club lead flight instructor Linda Beilharz said that Mr. Gobel’s death had been incredibly sad for the family after seeing what they went through when Anthony died.
Igo Sedev was one of the pilots who died during the crash and was remembered by friends and family as someone who was extremely talented with golden hands
“That death makes this worse, we saw what they experienced when he died and how difficult that was,” she told the Herald Sun..
“Chris retired, he had worked long and hard, he was about to resign within a month.”
He is remembered as an experienced pilot with a keen sense of humor.
Pilots Ido ‘Dodo’ Segev, Pete Phillips and a 27-year-old woman, presumably a Thai citizen, also died in the crash.
Tribute to the victims has been flooded, with Mr. Segev being remembered as someone who died and did what he loved.
“Ido was unique, a modest and beloved young man, professional and extremely talented with golden hands,” is a tribute.
Flight data showed that the collision occurred only five minutes after the Piper Seminole VH-JQF departed from Mangalore airport.
The Piper plane departed at 11.20 am and used instruments to fly in the cloudy conditions.
Flight data has shown how two planes crashed into the air on Mangalore airport in northern Melbourne on Wednesday. Pictured: police investigate one crash site after the crash
The planes landed about a kilometer apart, with the bodies of the four victims in each of the planes. Pictured: reaction teams are present at the crash location of the paddock
At 11.25 am the Piper hit the Beechcraft Travel Air VH-AEM which had departed at 10.55 am from Tyabb airport near the Mornington peninsula and descended to land at Mangalore Airport.
Both planes got out of hand, with the bodies of all the victims in the plane wrecks at both crash locations in Lambing Gully Road, Avanel and Seymour-Avanel Road, Managalore.
The wrecks are approximately one kilometer apart.
Civil Aviation Authority spokesperson Peter Gibson said that investigators are not sure what caused the planes to crash.
“We have no explanation for what happened. We cannot speculate about that, “said Mr. Gibson.
The incident was the first plane crash in Australia in more than a decade.
The investigation into the crash will take months as investigators move through both wreck sites and investigate further flight data
The Beechcraft Travel Air VH-AEM departed at 10.55 am from Tyabb airport near the Mornington Peninsula and landed at Mangalore Airport (left) while the Piper Seminole VH-JQF departed from Mangalore airport while the other aircraft descended in cloudy conditions
The local Joanne Dwyer was on her way to Seymour on Wednesday morning when she saw a plane ‘do what I would call a death roll’.
“Planes always practice maneuvers here, but I thought that seemed to go a little lower than normal,” she told The Age.
Specialized researchers have investigated the cause of the collisions between the aircraft.