facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Two bodies found in crash of vintage biplane off Australian coast

Dec. 17, 2013 at 8:01 AM   |   Comments

BRISBANE, Australia, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- Searchers Tuesday found the bodies of two people who died when a Tiger Moth biplane crashed into the waters off the coast of Australia's Queensland state.

The bodies haven't been formally identified, but officials believe the pilot is 26-year-old Alex "Jim" Rae, the Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported.

Authorities said they believe the pilot was taking a French tourist on a pleasure flight Monday when the vintage biplane hit the water near the Couran Cove resort on South Stradbroke Island at a high speed.

Salvage teams and rescue divers found much of the wreckage of the plane washed ashore, the Australian Broadcasting Corp. said.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau is investigating the cause of the crash.

© 2013 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
California officer allegedly stole nude photos during arrest California officer allegedly stole nude photos during arrest
2
California Marine dies in Islamic State mission in Iraq California Marine dies in Islamic State mission in Iraq
3
[UPDATE] Two Calif. deputies killed, two others shot [UPDATE] Two Calif. deputies killed, two others shot
4
Canada reflects on a week of domestic terror Canada reflects on a week of domestic terror
5
Lauren Hill's cancer won't stop teen from playing basketball Lauren Hill's cancer won't stop teen from playing basketball
Trending News
Around the Web
x
Feedback