A father killed in a microlight aircraft crash in Western Australia’s Wheatbelt region has been remembered by his family as an “inspiration”.
John Willson died when the aircraft he was piloting went down near Little Hill Rd in Beverley, about 100km east of Perth, just after 11am on Saturday.
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Willson, 69, died at the scene.
He was the only person in the aircraft, which he owned.
Willson’s distraught daughter Hayley described him as a “beloved member of his community” and a “keen aviation enthusiast”.
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“He leaves behind his wife Marlene, three daughters and four grandchildren,” Hayley said.
“John was a brilliant musician and an inspiration to his family.”
Some of the pilot’s family had witnessed the aviation accident unfold.
Police officers, paramedics from St John WA and crews from the Department of Fire and Emergency Services raced to the scene, but Willson could not be saved.
John Willson has been remembered by his family as an ‘inspiration’. Credit: FacebookWillson was killed in a microlight aircraft crash in WA on Saturday. Credit: 7NEWS
A pilot controls a microlight aircraft by shifting its centre of gravity, according to the Civil Aviation Safety Authority.
Such aircraft, commonly called “trikes”, might have a two or four-stroke engine.
Recreation Aviation Australia was informed about the accident and a report will be prepared for the coroner.