Financial consultant Ian Perry identified as fourth victim of fatal helicopter crash in Victoria
Financial consultant Ian Perry has been identified as the fourth victim of the Mt Disappointment helicopter crash.
A pilot and four passengers died Thursday morning when the helicopter they were traveling in crashed at Mt Disappointment.
Digital trading company AXIchain has also confirmed that its CEO and founder Linda Woodford and financial consultant Ian Perry were also killed in the accident.
“Linda was a driven visionary and an eternal optimist and will be deeply missed by all who knew her,” the company said in a Facebook post on Friday evening.
“Ian was a respected member of the agriculture industry and a committed family man and will be sadly missed by all who knew him.
“Our thoughts and deepest condolences go out to the families of Linda and Ian at this difficult time.”
Victorian meat industry boss Paul Troja, 73, was one of those on board along with pilot Dean Neal, 32.
The pilot’s family, Dean Neal, said their son and brother were conscientious and professional pilots.
Paul Troja is remembered as a passionate and accomplished leader.
The fifth victim, a NSW man, has yet to be named.
Australian Transport Safety Board teams are at the scene of the accident and will take at least three days to examine the scene.
Drone analysis of the helicopter’s flight path, along with an assessment of flight control and weather recordings, will be part of the investigation.
The office’s chief commissioner, Angus Mitchell, said helicopter operator Microflite had a very good safety record.
The company suspended all services until at least Tuesday.
The ATSB said it was the fifth fatal aviation accident across the country this year, with nine people killed in total.
The crash is also Victoria’s deadliest air disaster since February 2017, when five people were killed when a charter plane crashed into Melbourne’s Essendon DFO shopping centre.
This crash was the state’s worst civil aviation accident in 30 years.