WA Broome helicopter accident Maddy Down, 24, left the fight for her life next to a 12 year old girl
A woman who was seriously injured in a helicopter crash that killed a father and a 12-year-old girl turned out to be a young assistant.
24-year-old Maddison Down is being treated in the intensive care unit at Royal Perth Hospital after the Robinson R44 helicopter crashed into Broome in the Kimberley region of Western Australia at 2:30 pm Saturday.
The primary school assistant was on board with pilot Troy Thompson, 40, his daughter Mia, 12, and Mia’s friend, a 12-year-old girl, when the plane crashed.
Mr. Thompson and Mia’s young friend were both killed in the crash, but Mia and Mrs. Down both survived and were rushed to the hospital.
Mia is now in a serious but stable condition at Perth Children’s Hospital, but Ms. Down is still recovering from her critical injuries at Royal Perth Hospital’s ICU.
Education assistant Maddison Down (photo), 24, is being treated at the Intensive Care Unit at Royal Perth Hospital after being injured in a helicopter crash in Broome in the Kimberley region of Western Australia on Saturday at 2:30 PM
Mia Thomas, 12, (photo, center, with mom Sophie, left) survived a horror helicopter crash that killed her father Troy Thomas (right) on Saturday afternoon
Ms. Down taught at Falcon Primary School in the Mandurah, south of Perth, where Mia and her late friend lived, according to The Western Australian.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted Falcon Primary School for comment.
Mandurah Mayor Rhys Williams spoke on Tuesday about the “devastatingly sad situation.”
“I send a lot of strength to Mia Thomas and Maddison Down and a lot of love to the families and friends of those who have passed away,” said Williams.
“My heart breaks for the families of Troy Thomas and the young local girl who was tragically murdered in Broome this weekend.
“Troy was loved by so many in our entire community and touched the lives of many more. Not a word can describe our collective grief as a community for the loss of a child.
“I know that there are many people throughout Mandurah who were both friends and who now regret their sudden and tragic loss. Please find comfort and know that you are on my mind. ‘
Mandurah Mayor Rhys Williams said he “sent power to Maddison Down,” who is currently in critical condition at the Royal Perth Hospital ICU
Ms. Down taught at Falcon Primary School in the Mandurah, south of Perth, where Mia and her late friend lived, according to The West Australian
The revelation that Mrs. Down was on the flight comes after Troy and Mia Thomas were identified on Monday.
Mr. Thomas, who was a leading pioneer in the state’s tourism industry and owner of Horizontal Falls Seaplane Adventures, has since been remembered as an “inspiring father, brother, son and friend.”
The group was on their way to a family vacation when the plane fell to the ground shortly after takeoff, Nine news reported.
Mr. Thomas died in the crash and Mia’s friend was taken to Broome Hospital, but tragically died two hours later.
Tribute comes in for the 40-year-old, including a heartbreaking message from former West Coast Eagles star and sports commentator, Karl Langdon, who had breakfast with Mr. Thomas just hours before his death.
40-year-old Thomas (pictured) had driven his helicopter in Broome, WA on Saturday, when the plane crashed shortly after takeoff
“I am grieving you today for Sophie, the children and the entire Thomas clan. I still can’t believe what happened, ”he wrote.
“We lost an inspiring father, brother, son and friend yesterday.
“Troy, you’ve done so much with your life, I met you as a teenager in Mandurah and when you were nineteen you chartered your own boat Rare Breed.
“You have taken me on many breathtaking adventures, some of the journeys we shared to remote parts of our state and territory that must be seen to be believed.
“You were a leader in your field and we will continue that legacy and take care of your family.
Mr. Thomas (pictured right, with actor Ernie Dingo) was a leading pioneer in the state’s tourism industry and owner of Horizontal Falls Seaplane Adventures
Another 12-year-old girl who was also in the helicopter died during the horror crash (photo)
“I am happy that I had breakfast with you yesterday, I am happy that I have been able to stay with you for the past few days and we were able to talk, think and enjoy each other’s company. I will remember the time we spent together forever.
“Love you mate, Rest In Peace.”
Thomas had the award-winning Horizontal Falls and Seaplane Adventures since 2006.
The renowned pilot sold the company last year, but was still working as a manager at the time of his death.
Broome Shire Vice President Desiree Male said that his death had turned the community upside down.
The respected pilot’s crash is now being investigated after the helicopter crashed to the ground in Broome on Saturday (photo)
“I think it will be a long time before our community will heal from the loss of a very respected man,” she said.
Evan Hall, CEO of the Tourism Council, said Mr. Thomas has worked hard to put Horizontal Falls on the map.
“He was a real character, very adventurous. He went out and did things and he made it happen, “he said.
Superintendent Gene Pears of West Kimberley said the community will struggle to cope with the loss of Mr. Thomas.
“(The helicopter) could have hit another building where people were present and other people had been injured on the ground, so luckily that didn’t happen,” he said.
“There were many witnesses to the crash, we are currently interviewing witnesses, but this would be really tragic here in a small community, so many people will be affected, many people will have a hard time.
“The people who responded responded very quickly to a really dangerous situation and did so without fear of their own safety. The scene is now secured and locked until the ATSB can conduct their investigation. ‘
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau is investigating the crash and a report will be prepared for the coroner.
Tribute has come in for Mr. Thomas (pictured), whose award-winning company helped put the horizontal falls on the map