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Major update in Melbourne fighter jet crash as plane wreckage is FOUND in hunt for missing MasterChef cameraman & pilot

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THE wreckage of a fighter jet that crashed in Melbourne with two people onboard has been found.

A search for Masterchef cameraman James Rose and pilot Stephen Gale continued on Tuesday with cops branding it a “recovery mission.”

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MasterChef cameraman James Rose was onboard the plane[/caption]

NCA Newswire

The wreckage of the fighter jet has been found[/caption]


Pictured pilot Stephen Gale, the owner of the aviation company Jetworks Aviation[/caption]

The pair were onboard the jet that crashed into Melbourne‘s Port Phillip Bay on Sunday.

Experienced pilot Stephen Gale, the owner of aviation company Jetworks Aviation is believed to be the second victim.

Helicopters from the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, Victoria Police and the Coast Guard have been scouring the bay since Sunday.

Cops confirmed on Tuesday morning a large part of the body of the plane was found off the shore of Mornington.

A statement read: “Divers have searched the wreckage today during what is a complex recovery.”

Police are set to search the wreckage once it’s removed from the water.

Previously a plane tyre and another part of the wreckage were found in the bay.

Investigators are still working to determine what caused the two aircraft to collide mid-air, approximately 7.4 miles west of Mornington.

It is understood the two Viper S-211 Marchetti jet planes were conducting a formation flight over the bay when they collided.

Rose’s jet plunged into the water, while the other was able to return to Essendon Airport – with two people onboard – including off-duty Qantas captain Joanne Mein.

It is understood Rose was filming for the TV series Any Fool Can Fly when the plane crashed.

The show is about teaching people with no experience – including Australian comedian Tommy Little – how to fly.

A Qantas spokesperson said “The news has shocked the Qantas and Jetstar pilot communities and everyone’s thoughts are with these families.

“We’ve reached out to those involved and are providing whatever support we can.”


Stephen Gale taught comedian Tommy Little how to fly as part of a TV series[/caption]


Authorities called the search a “recovery mission”[/caption]

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