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Border Plane Victims

Border Plane Victims

Canberra Crash Claims Two

A light plane crash has claimed the life of two border locals.

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Albury man Hayden Bruce, 31, and Corryong teenager Tom Sheather, 18, died when their Cessna 172 crashed near Canberra on Tuesday night.

They were doing aerial inspection works for Essential Energy, as employees of Oberon Aviation Services, which is based out of Albury airport.

"This is a very difficult time for us - we're a small aviation business company, and family, and have lost two of our members," directors Stirling and Cheryl Preston said in a statement released after the crash.

"Our focus right now is to provide support for the families of our crew members, and our staff, as we all grieve this loss. We can't speculate on what might have caused this tragic accident while formal investigations are under way.

"However, our families and staff can be assured that we will leave no stone unturned in finding the cause of this accident."

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau will be conducting an investigation over the next few days, and are expected to release a preliminary report within weeks.

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