In Melbourne, Australia, on Tuesday, a plane carrying four American tourists crashed into the Direct Factory Outlet shopping center.
The four Americans, as well as Australian pilot Max Quatermain, were killed in the Beechcraft B200 King Air aircraft. Reports from Fox News reveal that Quatermain was under an 18-month investigation by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB), following a “near-collision” plane accident in Mount Hotham in September 2015.
Piloting the plane at the time, Quatermain had cited that the nearly-fatal incident was due to a GPS error. However, he was under consideration to have his pilot’s license suspended by the ATSB.
Quatermain had been a charter pilot for more than 38 years, as the owner of a company named Corporate and Leisure Travel. He was deemed to have an “impeccable safety record” and as someone who was a “true aviator” with a “gentle, caring nature.”
The crash, which happened right outside Essendon Airport, was described in detail to the Australian Broadcasting Corp by a witness named Jason. In his description, he says:
“I saw this plane coming in really low and fast. I couldn’t see the impact but when it hit the building there was a massive fireball. I could feel the heat through the window of the taxi, and then a wheel — it looked like a plane wheel — bounced on the road and hit the front of the taxi as we were driving along.”
Videos of the crash aftermath can be seen below:
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