Pub baron Justin Hemmes 'set to buy' Sydney Seaplanes

Pub baron Justin Hemmes is in talks to buy joy flight company Sydney Seaplanes, less than a year after a horror crash involving one of the company's aircraft.

The tragic December 31 accident killed all six people on board, including British businessman Richard Cousins and his family.

The multi-millionaire Merivale boss is in talks to take over the troubled company, in a dramatic shift from his usual investments in pubs and hotels.

Pub baron Justin Hemmes (pictured with Kate Fowler) is in talks to buy joy flight company Sydney Seaplanes, less than a year after a horror crash involving one of the company's aircraft

Pub baron Justin Hemmes (pictured with Kate Fowler) is in talks to buy joy flight company Sydney Seaplanes, less than a year after a horror crash involving one of the company's aircraft

The tragic December 31 accident killed all six people on board, including British businessman Richard Cousins and his family

The tragic December 31 accident killed all six people on board, including British businessman Richard Cousins and his family

Mr Hemmes often uses his own aircraft to travel, but leaves it permanently berthed at the Rose Bay headquarters of the company when it is not in use.

He also has a long-term business relationship with Sydney Seaplanes' managing director Aaron Shaw.

'I have put the feelers out and I have been dealing with Aaron for a couple of years now,' 'Mr Hemmes told The Daily Telegraph. 

'We use their facility for promoting the berths we have at Newport so we have an interest in the business in that sense, but at this stage it's just very general chats with nothing too specific being discussed.'

The company has suffered significant financial losses since the New Years Eve crash last year, and was once valued at around $8 million.    

A de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver owned by the company crashed into a

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