Aviation ‘family’ mourns loss
EXECUTIVES of the Caboolture Airfield have described the eerie feeling of grieving for lost "family members" who many of them never knew.
The president of the Caboolture Aero Club, John Dawson, described a bond that united those with a shared love of aviation, and the sense of loss after Saturday's tragedy.
The feeling was compounded by the stillness that blanketed the closed airfield yesterday.
"It's a horrible situation to be in - you're grieving but you don't know what the people look like that you're grieving (for).
"It's a really really eerie situation."
His thoughts came as the son of one of the skydiving instructors who lost his life in the tragedy spoke out via social media to friends and colleagues, and also paid tribute to his father.
"I just want to say thank you to everybody for their kind words," Michal Glesk, son of respected instructor Juraj Glesk, posted on Facebook early yesterday.
"I am still lost for words and heartbroken.
"I will try and let everybody know about funeral arrangements.
"May he please rest in peace.
"I will miss your kindness and your presence in my life."
Others who died were instructor Glenn Norman, pilot Andrew Aitken, 24, and Logan couple Rahuia Hohua, 27, and her fiance Joseph King, 32.