Newlywed pilot dies as vintage aircraft crashes into sea during scenic flight


NEW DELHI, INDIA - OCTOBER 08: IAF vintage 1930s Tiger Moth aircraft flying past during the 80th Air Force Day at the Air Force Station in Hindon, on the outskirts of New Delhi, Monday, October 8, 2012. (Photo by Parveen Negi/India Today Group/Getty Images)

A 26-year-old British pilot has died in Australia in a tragic Tiger Moth crash.

Newly married Alex Rae, from North Yorkshire, was flying the vintage plane off South Stradbroke Island when it plummeted into the sea.

According to the Courier Mail, Mr Rae was with a 21-year-old French woman on the scenic flight.

York Press reports that his wife, Alice, said he died "doing what he loved" and thanked search crews who found his body and pieces of the plane after the accident on Monday.

Australian media has reported that Alex, who was living in Australia, radioed base before the accident and said: "Conducting aerobatics over 3,500 feet" but then there was silence.

The family of the French tourist are yet to make a statement.

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