The family of a woman who is feared dead after a helicopter crashes into the sea says they have no idea why she was on board.
Jocelyn Villanueva died in the crash with her partner Gregory Miller, Jamie Ogden, Grant Kuhnemann and pilot David Kerrr, while they flew from Brisbane to Sydney on Friday.
The group had left in a Bell UH-1H but disappeared from the radar near Anna Bay in Port Stephens around 6:30 PM before they could reach their destination.
Kerr may have become disoriented while flying the helicopter in dangerous weather conditions, with gusts of wind reaching up to 125 kilometers per hour, according to aviation experts.
The aircraft went missing under poor conditions with poor visibility, high wind and dust in the air.
Air traffic control indicated that the aircraft quickly lost altitude when the contact was broken and no signals for emergency beacons or mayday calls were detected.
Mrs. Villanueva (left) and her partner Gregory Miller (right), Jamie Ogden, Grant Kuhnemann and pilot David Kerr had left Friday in a Bell UH-1H helicopter from Brisbane
The plane disappeared from the radar near Anna Bay in Port Stephens before it could reach its destination in Sydney. Jamie Ogden (photo), who was on board, was a financial planner and father of two
David Kerr (photo) was the pilot of the & # 39; Huey & # 39; helicopter that is found in the ocean off the coast of New South Wales
Mrs Villanueva's sister, Athena Rob, shared her heartache after the crash.
& # 39; I can't say why they were on that flight. I'm so broken, & she told the Sunday Telegraph.
Mrs. Rob also said that her sister and her partner were a loving couple.
& # 39; They were a nice couple. I am proud of who they were and what they did. Greg was a warrant officer at the Australian Defense Force in Holsworthy and Jocelyn was a government employee at (Australian Securities and Investments Commission), she said.
NSW Police leads the recovery operation after the search and rescue action was suspended on Saturday afternoon due to expert medical advice and the discovery of the damaged hull.
The AMSA started the search on Friday evening and saw an oil slick and various pieces of rubble.
The majority of the wreck was uncovered on Saturday, with the helicopter's tail rotor being found by the water police at around 8.45 am
A Westpac rescue helicopter saw the main body of the aircraft less than an hour later, about eight kilometers south of Fingal Bay.
They watched how it sank before boats could pick it up. The location was consistent with where the plane would probably have crashed.
& # 39; Helicopter occupants were not observed & # 39 ;, said the AMSA in a statement.
Pilot, Mr. Ogden and Mr. Kuhnemann are considered to be good friends making the trip & # 39; weeks & # 39; planned, it is not known why Mrs Villanueva and Mr Miller were on board.
After a dramatic search mission by emergency services, Athena Rob said that her sister Mrs. Villanueva and her partner Mr. Miller were a loving couple (photo, Grant Kuhnemann)
Mr. Ogden's brother, Darren, described his brother or sister as someone who loved life and had made the career change from senior police officer to financial planner.
He said his brother had been talking about the trip for weeks and making moves to live completely outside the roster.
Mr. Ogden leaves his children Ben and Steph behind.
Kerr was the pilot of the helicopter, an army green Vietnam warplane nicknamed & # 39; Huey & # 39; that he had recovered himself.
The plane was used as a helicopter in movies, with Mr. Kerr thinking of taking his guests on a routine & # 39; ferry flight & # 39; in dangerous wind conditions, with gusts of wind up to 125 kilometers per hour.
Flight tracking data indicated that the helicopter was running at 70 knots and 3500 ft before falling at 154 knots.
Kerr was a very experienced pilot who had previously operated Brisbane Helicopters from Archerfield Airport.
Huey, the Bell UH-1H helicopter (photo) was found eight kilometers off the coast Fingal Bay NSW
Kerr had recently offered the 53-year-old helicopter for sale, but Warbird Aviation pilot Kim Rolph-Smith said the plane was in good condition.
& # 39; Regular flights; I would be very surprised if something was wrong with it, & said Mr. Rolph-Smith.
& # 39; He was a very confident pilot. & # 39;
The helicopter fell off the radar near Anna Bay off the coast of NSW (photo)
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