Sydney seaplane crash: Police probe state of mind of pilot

Police are investigating the state of mind of pilot Gareth Morgan, who lost control of the seaplane that plunged into the Hawkesbury River, killing him and a British family of five

Police are investigating the state of mind of pilot Gareth Morgan, who lost control of the seaplane that plunged into the Hawkesbury River, killing him and a British family of five

Police are investigating the state of mind of a pilot who lost control of the seaplane that plunged into the Hawkesbury River, killing him and a British family of five. 

The Sydney home of Gareth Morgan, 44, will be searched by detectives, who will probe his religious and political leanings, as well as his social behaviours, The Daily Telegraph reported. 

'Detectives called by yesterday and asked if they could inspect the house and Gareth's room,' his flatmate Luke Thornley told the paper.

'As far as we are aware, Gareth was fine and happy and didn't give the impression anything was wrong.

'He went for runs every morning, even on New Year's Day and was excited at the prospect of becoming a commercial pilot for Qantas and was studying for exams.'  

Authorities are expected to use a floating crane to recover the seaplane, which crashed into the river north of Sydney on New Year's Eve. 

The Sydney home of Mr Gareth (pictured left and right with his friend Gary Homanick) will reportedly be searched 

The New Year's Eve crash killed all six on board. A group of friends who rushed to the scene of the crash are pictured trying to save the victims 

The New Year's Eve crash killed all six on board. A group of friends who rushed to the scene of the crash are pictured trying to save the victims 

The horror crash killed the experienced pilot, along with his five British passengers

The horror crash killed the experienced pilot, along with his five British passengers

NSW police will attempt to recover the Sydney Seaplanes DHC-2 Beaver on Thursday in an operation that's expected to start at dawn and run into the afternoon.

The plane is resting on its roof in about 15 metres of water, said All Waterfront Constructions operations director Chris Kemp, who will work to recover the aircraft. 

Two slings will be lowered and passed through the aircraft's cabin by police divers, Mr Kemp said.

'Then we'll be lifting the whole lot up and placing it on the barge,' he said. 

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