Eerie last post before fatal plane crash

 

Tributes are flowing for a former Logan police sergeant, who died in a plane crash on Saturday after a foreboding last Facebook post.

Former Logan sergeant Rachel Whitford, 48, was killed along with the pilot Peter Gesler, 59, also from southeast Queensland, when their Brumby 610 light plane crashed in the South Australia bush on Saturday.

Hours before she died, Ms Whitford, who retired from policing, posted details about being air sick on Facebook from Maree from where the fateful flight took off.

The Fateful last Facebook post from Rachel Whitford.
The Fateful last Facebook post from Rachel Whitford.

"Grateful for another safe landing and my cautious pilot!" she wrote on Facebook.

"Refuelling Pete's plane and so gave (sic) to say I have my peppermint oil and copaiba oil on hand to rub on.

"It has helped me through a severe bout of travel when I could not keep anything down.

"But I should have bought Easy Air - damn".

Former Logan sergeant Rachel Whitford, 48, was killed.
Former Logan sergeant Rachel Whitford, 48, was killed.

Ms Whitford, a former board member and chair of Logan's Access Community Services, left behind five children.

The crash happened after the pair left William Creek Airport at 4pm to fly to Leigh Creek, where they were to meet friends and stay the night.

Ms Whitford also worked at Logan PCYC and rose to become Branch Manager at PCYC Queensland.

Former Logan City councillor Lisa Bradley paid tribute to Ms Whitford saying she had many fond memories of working with her including a 2008 charity bike ride from Logan to Canberra.

"Devastating to find this was Rachel's last post," Ms Bradley, who is now a Logan City Adviser wrote on Facebook.

"My heart goes out to Rachel's five children and loved ones.

"Such a loving, caring person who gave so much of herself for the City of Logan Community.

"Personally, I have treasured memories that live on, particularly the charity bike ride from Logan to Canberra in 2008.xxx"

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau has been notified of the crash and a temporary air exclusion zone has been established.

A report will be prepared for the coroner.