A 30-year-old woman and her boyfriend died on Australia Day when their plane crashed into Perth’s Swan River in Australia.
Endah Cakrawati and her 52-year-old partner, Peter Lynch, who were taking part in an air show, took to social media to share a video of their flight.
“Wish me luck,” said the woman from the cockpit just moments before the plane nosedived into the river.
“We're in Perth and we are ready to go for Skyworks today. Happy Australia Day,” she added.
Around 6,000 spectators were present at the scene when Lynch and her boyfriend’s plane crashed. According to the Western Australia Police, Lynch was a “very experienced” pilot, and is now remembered as “a great mate, beloved father and respected professional.”
Sulistianing Dian Ratnasari, one of Cakrawati’s best friends, has said that everyone who knew the woman still couldn’t accept the news of her death.
“Moments before the incident Endah had sent a message to her father and several of her friends,” Ratnasari told news.com.au.
“Papa, how are you?” read her last text message to her father, Kosim.
Unfortunately, after Kosim replied he got no answer from his daughter and later received the news of the tragedy.
Lynch’s friend and pilot, Mack McCormack, said he had received a text from Lynch that stated he was concerned about “hot and low-wind weather conditions” affecting the plane’s performance.
“We need to know the facts and precisely what happened and why, so we can fix it, if it needs fixing into the future. It may just be a tragic accident,” said WA Police Acting Commissioner Stephen Brown. The cause of the crash remains unknown and the Australian Transport Safety Bureau is looking into the incident.
Wreckage from the crash has already been collected and a brief report on the tragic incident is expected within 30 days.
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