Police say they believe a pilot and a TV camera operator whose aircraft crashed into the water off Melbourne’s Mornington Peninsula were both killed.
A Viper #S211 Marchetti Jet crashes into Port Phillip Bay after midair collision with another S-211 near Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula.
Pilot Stephen Gale and his passenger, James Rose, were on board one of two light Viper S-211 Marchetti planes conducting a formation flight that collided mid-air about 1.45pm on Sunday.
Watched these two light Viper S-211 Marchetti planes flying around Albert Park yesterday around midday. Overheard comments from people saying they were flying too close. Read later they crashed into each other near Mount Martha. Hope they find the passengers. pic.twitter.com/WLOylyKBie
— Ben (@AttackOfTheClaw) November 19, 2023
Their aircraft plunged about 20 metres into Port Phillip Bay, while the other plane, which also had two people on board, was able to land safely at Essendon airport.
On Monday Victoria police Insp, Terry Rowlands, confirmed two people were believed to have died in the crash.