Sydney seaplane passenger ‘accidentally knocked out pilot taking selfie’ causing crash which killed Brit millionaire family

A DEADLY plane crash may have been caused when a passenger accidentally knocked-out the pilot while taking a selfie.

The new theory says a snap happy flyer caused the death smash killing a Brit millionaire, his family and the pilot.

Was the deadly Sydney seaplane crash caused by a passenger taking a selfie?

The de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver sight-seeing plane flew off course, despite clear conditions, and nosedived into the Hawkesbury River on New Year’s Eve last year.

Richard Cousins, 58 and fiancée Emma Bowden died along with his two sons, William, 25, and Edward, 23, and Emma’s daughter Heather, 11.

A new owner of Sydney Seaplanes Jerry Schwartz said: “The investigation has shown that safety is good and it’s actually believed to not be pilot error.

“The current belief is the passenger at the front actually knocked out the pilot.”

Richard Cousins
Richard Cousins, 58, died in the crash and left his £41million fortune to charity Oxfam
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Emma Bowden
Richard’s fiance Emma Bowden and her 11-year-old daughter Heather also tragically died in Sydney
Sightseeing plane
The sightseeing plane crash which killed the family
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Mr Cousins, the boss of catering giant Compass, left most of his £41 million fortune to Oxfam.

The businessman of Hyde Heath, Bucks, was due to retire as CEO of Compass, the world’s biggest catering firm, in March.

He and Emma, OK! magazine’s art editor, planned to marry in July.

The Australian reports the passenger may have accidentally struck the pilot in the head while moving his arm to take photos.

Sydney Seaplanes managing director Aaron Shaw added: “Something definitely happened to the pilot to incapacitate him.”

This is believed to be one of the last photographs taken of pilot Gareth Morgan
This is believed to be one of the last photographs taken of pilot Gareth Morgan
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William Cousins
Richard’s son William Cousins tragically died alongside his family
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Edward Cousins
Edward Cousins was another victim in the tragic crash that claimed the lives of his brother and father as well
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A report into the crash is due to be handed down by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau next year.

Preliminary reports by the ATSB found there were no obvious mechanical defects or fuel contamination on the aircraft,

Pilot Gareth Morgan, 44, was described as well-qualified and experienced.

The family were on a “fly-dine” sightseeing trip and heading to Rose Bay in Sydney Harbour when the plane hit the water.

An inquest is set to be held in the UK.

Earlier this year, it was determined the passengers died from head injuries or drowning or a combination of both.

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