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Compass CEO Richard Cousins, family identified as victims of Sydney seaplane crash

Richard Cousins had recently been recognised by the Harvard Business Review for his performance as CEO of the multinational catering company.

world Updated: Jan 02, 2018 07:22 IST
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Emergency workers carry to shore a body and debris from a seaplane that crashed into the Hawkesbury River, north of Sydney, Australia, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017. The plane crashed into a river killing all six people on board. (AP)

A prominent British businessman and his family have been identified as victims of a seaplane crash in Australia.

Officials said Monday that Compass Group CEO Richard Cousins, his fiancee and her daughter, and his two sons died were killed. Australian pilot Gareth Morgan from the tour company Sydney Seaplanes also died in the Sunday afternoon crash during a holiday trip.

Cousins had recently been recognised by the Harvard Business Review for his performance as CEO of the multinational catering company. The 58-year-old planned to step down from his post in March.

Officials said the single-engine plane sank rapidly after crashing into the Hawkesbury River. The bodies have been recovered.

Sydney Seaplanes has suspended its flights as the crash is investigated.

First Published: Jan 01, 2018 17:41 IST