Newspaper Article 1998 – HB pilot, 21, dies in crash in Australia

HB pilot, 21, dies in crash in Australia

A 21-year-old Waipukurau commercial pilot Hamish Macdonald was killed on Wednesday morning after his plane crashed in Western Australia.

Mr McDonald, the son of Don and Judy Macdonald, Mangatarata Station, had been mustering stock on farmland near Carnarvon when his plane went down.

He had only recently left New Zealand to start his first job as a commercial pilot in the farming industry.

Today, a family friend described him as a young man with a passion for flying.

At the age of 16 Hamish was flying solo and at 20 he gained a fixed-wing commercial pilot’s licence and had his commercial helicopter pilot’s licence.

In the past few years Hamish worked as a member of the ground crew for Philip Deadman, Bridge Pa, and late last year he was working for Shoreline Helicopters in frost control between studying for his fixed-wing licence.

In the CHB Mail’s November farming publication Hamish said ‘I love getting up early and flying – it’s awesome.’

Photo caption – Hamish McDonald

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September 1998

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