A multimillionaire agribusiness executive and his son, along with a veteran pilot who rubbed shoulders with actor Chris Hemsworth, have been identified as the three victims of a horror plane crash.
The Cessna crashed Monday in remote bushland near Lowood, an hour west of Brisbane, killing all three on board.
The crash site is so far away that rescue workers had great difficulty getting to the wreckage on foot.
Tom Strachan, 49, and his 20-year-old son Noah have been identified as victims, along with veteran pilot Gary Liehm.
Mr. Strachan was a farmer and businessman who founded mining, construction and farm labor leasing company AWX in 2000, which was sold in 2016 for a reported $25 million.
According to his LinkedIn profile, he worked at the investment firm Packhorse as an executive director and chief storyteller.
Agricultural entrepreneur Tom Strachan (pictured) was one of three men who died in the crash
Gary Liehm (pictured right with famous client Chris Hemsworth) was an experienced pilot
His son Noah was an analyst at the real estate and investment company Benstead Holdaway in Brisbane.
Noah studied real estate economics and business administration at Queensland University of Technology and previously attended Brisbane Grammar School, the same school as his father.
Mr. Liehm was the Managing Director of Executive Helicopters who had flown for SeaWorld, Queensland Emergency Services.
He also privately chauffeured prominent clients, including the Hemsworths.
Mr. Strachan Sr. is remembered as a much-loved mentor who was always willing to offer a helping hand.
Almost a year ago, he generously donated $500,000 to his former school, Brisbane Grammar, to support local and indigenous students.
“We need to be a school that attracts children from all walks of life. The opportunity for an education can spur them on to become leaders and give back to society. That’s why I think scholarships are so important, Mr. Strachan wrote on LinkedIn at the time.
Tom Strachan’s business analyst son Noah, 20, also died in the crash
The tragic deaths of Tom Strachan (pictured) and his son sparked a spate of tributes
His Facebook account also shows his love for horses.
Mr Strachan’s death has sparked a spate of honours.
“Tom just took on the world; he was so successful and always made time for everyone,” a shaken friend told the Courier Mail.
“It’s incredibly tragic – he was beautiful, generous and an absolute horseman. He loved his horses.”
Another friend wrote on Facebook: “We’ve known Tom since he was a boy and he was always a vibrant force destined to make a difference in the world around him. Heartfelt condolences to the family. A great loss, not only to lose Tom, but also his son Noah, who still has so much of his life ahead of him.
Shocked business associates also took to LinkedIn to pay tribute.
“My agribusiness connection to Tom has been talkative and ambitious,” wrote one woman.
“His property(s) were on my road trip map to visit (post-pandemic). We shared similar values and philanthropic community values. He loved it, I aspired to it. A budding Ag business association and industry friendship gone too soon.’
There are also warm tributes to the pilot.
“I got to know the pilot Gary Liehm very well. He was a true gentleman and a real character. Always joking but so serious when it comes to flying,” wrote one man.
I had flown many hours with Gary, sat next to him in his Euro Helicopters and always felt extremely safe. He was an exceptional pilot and can only think that the plane he flew failed him.
Pilot Gary Liehm (pictured) was Chief Executive of Executive Helicopters
The plane was not reported missing to authorities until almost five hours after the crash
It is believed bad weather caused the plane to crash in remote bushland (pictured, police at the scene outside of Lowood)
The plane took off from Roma on Monday at 7:20 a.m. and made a stopover in Dalby just before 9 a.m.
The aircraft took off at 9.15am bound for Brisbane’s Archerfield Airport before crashing to the ground near Fernvale 45 minutes later in poor weather.
The plane was not reported missing to authorities until almost five hours later.
The plane was found split in two, with the wreckage 50 meters apart.
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau has launched an investigation.
“The ATSB expects to dispatch a team of traffic safety investigators from its Brisbane office with expertise in engineering, aircraft operations and maintenance to the scene of the accident on Tuesday,” a spokesman said.
Emergency services were called on Monday afternoon just outside of Lowood, near Fernvale, north west of Ipswich in the south east of the state
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