01/01/2018 17:15 EST | Updated 01/02/2018 14:59 EST

Canadian Pilot, Gareth Morgan, Among Those Killed In Seaplane Crash

The CEO of the world's biggest catering company also died.

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Visitors are seen at the entrance to the Sydney Seaplanes terminal in Rose Bay, Sydney on Jan. 1, 2018.

LONDON — A Canadian pilot and prominent British businessman and his family were killed in a seaplane crash in Australia.

Tour company Sydney Seaplanes says Gareth Morgan was piloting the plane that crashed Sunday afternoon.

Sydney Seaplanes CEO Aaron Shaw says Morgan's parents live in Canada and have been notified of his death.

Shaw told a news conference that Morgan was an experienced pilot, beloved by his co-workers.

A friend of Morgan has confirmed he was Canadian.

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Friends of Morgan confirmed he was Canadian and went to school in North Vancouver.

A Facebook memorial page has been created in honour of the pilot and friends have described him as kind and humble with a passion for flying.

Officials says Compass Group CEO Richard Cousins, his fiancee and her daughter, and his two sons were also killed.

Cousins had recently been recognized by the Harvard Business Review for his performance as CEO of the multinational catering company. The 58-year-old planned to step down from his post in March.

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Police vessels are seen after a seaplane crashed into a Sydney river, killing six people on a "wine and dine" sightseeing flight ahead of the city's harbour-centred New Year's Eve celebrations, in this still image taken from a video on Dec. 31, 2017.

Officials say the single-engine plane sank rapidly after crashing into the Hawkesbury River. The bodies have been recovered.

Sydney Seaplanes has suspended its flights as the crash is investigated.

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