An Australian pilot and four American tourists on a golfing vacation were killed when their plane crashed into a shopping mall on Tuesday shortly after take off in Melbourne, Australia.
The five were on a twin-engine Beechcraft Super King Air. The victims identified so far are from Texas, Greg Reynolds De Haven, Russell Munsch and Glenn Garland. The pilot was Max Quartermain, owner of the charter company Corporate and Leisure Travel. Mr. Munsch was a founding partner in the Texas law firm of Munsch Hardt Kopf & Harr, P.C.
They were heading to King Island to play golf when the plane appeared to suffer catastrophic engine failure moments after taking off from Essendon Airport on Tuesday morning. The Australian Transport Safety Bureau is investigating the cause of the crash.
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The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) released a statement that "while the CVR was successfully downloaded, no audio from the accident flight was recorded."
The preliminary investigation report can be read at: http://www.atsb.gov.au/publications/investigation_reports/2017/aair/ao-2017-024/