Published On: Mon, Nov 20th, 2023
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MasterChef cameraman feared dead in horror plane smash as jets crash mid-air | World | News

A MasterChef cameraman is feared dead after two aircraft collided mid-air in Australia.

James Rose, 30, was thought to be onboard one of the aircraft which crashed into Melbourne’s Port Philip Bay on Sunday, November 19.

Alongside Mr Rose, it is believed that pilot Stephen Gale may be the second victim of the crash.

It is understood that Mr Rose was filming for a new TV project with the two aircraft collided with each other.

The second victim, Mr Gale, was the owner of the aviation company Jetworks Aviation which owned both Viper S-211 Marchetti jets involved in the accident. reported that Mr Gale was a former Royal Australian Air Force engineer with years of experience.

On Monday, authorities confirmed the search for Mr Rose and Mr Gale had resumed with three helicopters from the Australian Maritime Safety Authority joining the search alongside the Victoria Police Air Wing.

It is believed that the two jet aircraft collided approximately 7.4 miles west of Mornington on Sunday.

Furthermore, reports suggest that the two planes were flying in formation when the accident happened.

After the contact, the aircraft carrying Mr Rose and Mr Gale plunged into the water while the second jet was able to return to Essendon Airport.

Soon after the contact, the pilot of the surviving jet radioed: “Viper 1 … mayday, mayday, mayday.

“I am anticipating Viper 2 in the water … we can see a splash mark.”

Following the accident debris including a plane tyre and another part of the aircraft were found floating in the water.

In a statement, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau said: “The two-seat, civilian-operated ex-military jet trainer aircraft were reported to be conducting a formation flight over the bay.

“After the collision one of the aircraft is reported to have lost control and subsequently impacted the water, while the second recovered to Essendon Airport.”

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