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Five Britons killed in Sydney seaplane crash identified

Police have confirmed that five Britons, including an 11-year-old girl, were killed when a seaplane crashed near Sydney yesterday.

Richard Cousins, 58, was on board with his 48-year-old fiancee Emma Bowden.

His two sons, 23-year-old Edward and 25-year-old William, also lost their lives when the plane came down in the Hawkesbury River off Jerusalem Bay.

The fifth British victim was Ms Bowden’s daughter Emma, who was 11 years old.

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Mr Cousins is understood to be the chief executive of Compass, the world’s largest contract catering company, and he was due to step down from the position in March.

Gareth Morgan, their Australian pilot, was the sixth person to die in the crash – with officials describing the Sydney Seaplanes employee as “experienced”.

A spokeswoman from the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office said: “We are providing consular assistance to the families of five British tourists who have sadly died in a sea plane accident near Sydney.

“Our sympathies are with their families and friends at this difficult time.”

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