Gold Coast Crash Victims Found

Wednesday, December 18, 2013
By George Hatcher


Volunteer Coast Guard, Volunteer Marine Rescue and Water Police searched the coast Monday and Tuesday for a missing plane.

Pilot Alexander Rae, AKA Jimmy, was flying a Gold Coast Tiger Moth Joy Rides de Havilland DH 82 biplane off South Stadbroke Island off the coast of Queensland. His last message was “Conducting aerobatics over 3500 feet.” Jimmy was twenty-six years old, and had a reputation of being an excellent pilot. He was newly-wed to Alice, who is an equine dentist.

Tuesday at 9:30 a.m., sonar located the plane on the seabed near the Couran Cove Resort where the passenger and pilot were subsequently found by police divers, still inside the plane. Debris from the plane had already washed up.

The plane crashed into the water about four hundred meters from the coast on December 16. Police are looking for witnesses.

The Tiger Moth was built in the thirties. Tiger Moth Joyrides had been in operation since 1978.

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