Qantas pilot’s suicide crash off Byron: report

It is believed Qantas pilot Paul Whyte deliberately crashed his light plane into the sea off Byron By this week.

A Lennox Head based Qantas pilot is believed to have deliberately crashed a light plane into the ocean off Byron Bay, Sydney media has reported.

The pilot had been flying passenger jets shortly before his death.

The report in the Daily Telegraph says that pilot Paul Whyte had been struggling with a broken marriage and rented a plane from a Lismore flying club before making a final phone call to his daughters.

He disappeared into the ocean six nautical miles off Byron Bay.

The search for the Cessna 172 off the north coast was called off at noon yesterday by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority.

The last known radar contact made with the plane was at around 4.50pm on Tuesday while the plane flew over water, 11km north east of Cape Byron,

Police Marine Area Command are still looking for debris

The Daily Telegraph report said that Qantas initially refused to confirm Mr Whyte worked for the airline but later admitted he was an employee.

Please keep comments brief (moderated for spam only)

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.