A Gold Coast man, killed in a plane crash along with his father, is being remembered as a thrill seeker who loved skydiving.
Matty Hills, 25, and his father Jeffrey, 59 died when their Mooney M20 aircraft crashed in thick bushland west of Coffs Harbour on Friday.
The pair had taken off from Murwillumbah at 6.30am on Friday morning bound for Taree.
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They were due to land at 8am but never arrived with the alarm raised several hours later.
The wreckage was located 27 kilometres west of Coffs Harbour early yesterday with Police and SES personnel forced to go in on foot.
The bodies of the two men were found inside the wreckage.
Friends of Matty have been taking to social media to express their grief and pay tribute to him.
“RIP Matty Hills. Thank you for the years of laughs, tears and friendship. Sending my love and prayers to your family and loved ones,” one post read.
The former Emmanuel College student was a keen skydiver and worked at iFLY Indoor Skydiving Centre in Surfers Paradise.
Gold Coast Councillor Glenn Tozer has paid tribute to Jeffrey, a well known local businessman and philanthropist.
“Jeffrey was instrumental in the construction of the Mosaic Baptist Church buildings in Mudgeeraba (opposite the Showgrounds), but was also active in many other community activities and charitable initiatives,” Councillor Tozer posted on Facebook.
“Much of his generosity was kept very private. He also ran a building services company over many years that lots of Gold Coasters would have used for building inspections, JHA & Associates.
“Our thoughts are with Jenny and his family as they grieve this terrible loss.”
It’s understood the plane was only purchased a couple of months ago.
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau has now taken over the investigation into the accident.
“ATSB transport safety investigators with experience in aircraft operations and maintenance are planning to deploy to the accident site over the weekend,” it said in a statement.
“As part of the investigation, the ATSB will examine the wreckage, study weather information, assess aircraft and pilot records, interview witnesses, and review any available recorded data.”