Three men killed in South Australia’s worst plane accident in 17 years have been identified as aviation specialists who were passionate about their jobs.
The 10-seater plane crashed yesterday afternoon and a search party found the wreckage around 4km west of the Renmark Aerodrome, north east of Adelaide, at 7.10pm.
Rossair’s chief pilot, 65-year-old Martin Scott, Civil Aviation Safety Authority officer Stephen Guerin, 56, and re-training pilot Paul Daw, 48, died in the crash. The men were the only passengers on board at the time.
No one else was on board the aircraft. (9NEWS)
CASA paid tribute to Mr Guerin, a “true gentleman” who was passionate about safety and his job.
“Mr Guerin is remembered by CASA colleagues as passionate about aviation, meticulous about safety and widely respected,” the statement said.
The South Australian Aviation Museum also paid tribute to their Collection Manager, Paul Daw, and honoured his wife and children.
“Paul will leave a huge gap in our organisation and our hearts,” a statement read on the museum’s Facebook page.
CASA officer Stephen Guerin, 56, was killed in the crash. (9NEWS / Facebook)
Three people died after the light plane went down in South Australia. (9NEWS)
Rossair confirmed they have now grounded their entire fleet while they work to determine what happened on board the 37-year-old aircraft.
Australian Transport Safety Bureau Duty Officer Nev Blyth said the authority understands the flight was for training purposes, and that one of the passengers was an officer from CASA.
“It’s not unusual at all to have flight testing officers from CASA or indeed the airline itself to oversee new pilots or trainee pilots,” Mr Blyth said.
Police remain at the crash scene while several ATSB investigators are travelling there from Adelaide, Canberra and Sydney.