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A news conference will be held shortly to shed more light on the accident which has claimed the lives of ABC journalist Paul Lockyer, cameraman John Bean and chopper pilot Gary Ticehurst. We’ll update details as they come through.
For now, we invite you to share your memories of these three highly experienced professionals, and to offer your sympathies to their families.
The three were killed in a chopper accident in South Australia last night, north of Lake Eyre.
Mr Lockyer was one of the ABC’s finest, known for his empathy and his uncomplicated communication - especially in the bush, where he did much of his finest work.
“There’s a certain kind of genius that can find the simplicity on the other side of complexity and that’s what Paul could do,” ABC managing director Mark Scott told ABC radio today.
Mr Ticehurst was an incredibly experienced pilot who was one of the heroes of the tragic 1998 Sydney Hobart yacht race, helping save at least 20 sailors.
Mr Bean was a vastly experienced man behind the camera, who had worked across a raft of ABC shows. There’s a good insight into why he was so well-loved in some of his old blogs here.
Vale, three of the Australia’s finest.
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