Family man dies in plane crash
FLYING instructor Rob Behrend has been confirmed as the second man to die in a light aircraft crash near Emerald this week.
Emerald local, 56-year-old former council worker Ian Baldwin, was also killed when the ultralight two-seater plunged to the ground in bushland less than five kilometres from Emerald’s airport.
Mr Behrend, the owner and chief instructor of Warwick Flying School, had spent Wednesday afternoon teaching Mr Baldwin how to fly the tiny plane.
He leaves a widow, Lynne, and three daughters.
Mr Baldwin was also a family man, with a wife, Michelle, two children and three grandchildren.
He had survived cancer and planned to take part in a fundraising Relay for Life event this weekend.
Wreckage was discovered by the RACQ CQ Helicopter Rescue Service during a widespread search on Thursday which was sparked when the training flight failed to return to the airport on Wednesday afternoon.
Central Queensland has been left reeling this week after a series of accidents which have left many families mourning.
Last Saturday a 64-year-old man from Milman, north of Rockhampton, lost his fight for life after a crash at Yaamba on August 5
On Monday an 18-year-old pregnant woman and a 16-year-old girl were killed in a head-on collision south of Miriam Vale.
On Tuesday a 32-year-old truck driver died in a crash involving a caravan at Mount Larcom
On Wednesday a 15-year-old girl form Moranbah was killed when she was thrown from the back seat in a single car crash on the Peak Downs Highway.
Also on Wednesday a light aircraft crash in bushland near Emerald killed two men
On Thursday evening, former Rockhampton man John Bean was killed in a helicopter crash near Lake Eyre.