Man killed in Caboolture plane crash joked about fears
A LOGAN man who perished in the Caboolture Airfield crash joked just hours earlier about his fear of flying.
Joseph King and his fiancé Rahuia Hohua died when the skydiving plane they were aboard crashed shortly after take-off about 11.30am on Saturday.
The couple were customers of Andrenaline Skydivers, known locally as Skydive Bribie Island, and were killed alongside instructors Glenn Norman and Juraj Glesk and the plane's pilot.
Mr King, a father of three, and Ms Hohua, who had two children, had reportedly been going out for two years and planned to marry.
On Saturday morning, Mr King told his Facebook friends he was anxious about the jump and joked that he would not return.
Friends joked along with him, until news filtered through from the media about a skydiving tragedy at the airfield north of Brisbane.
When another friend confirmed the couple had died, a stream of grief flowed.
Meanwhile, air crash investigators on Sunday said they were aware of mechanical issues that affected a Cessna 206 operated by Adrenalin Skydivers, but were unsure if it was the same aircraft that crashed at Caboolture on Saturday.
Air Transport Safety Bureau investigator Eric Blankenstein said the ATSB knew of the mechanical work undertaken after a Cessna 206 owned by the company sustained tail damage, apparently as the result of a 'hard landing' in July last year.
Fairfax reported the company's Facebook page featured a photo of the plane at the time.
"We are aware of that, yes," Mr Blankenstein said, "but we are not sure if it is the same plane."
A Cessna 206 owned by the parent company crashed on takeoff at Gladstone in 2010, slightly injuring five people.
Four ATSB crash investigators are working on the crash site at the Caboolture Airfield, just off the Bruce Highway.
They will have a preliminary report finished in 30 days and a more detailed report finished in 12 months.