Pilot dies in Emerald ultralight crash months after losing daughter to rare condition

Mr White died when his ultralight plane crashed into an Emerald paddock on Sunday morning. Photo: SuppliedThepilot who was killed on Sunday morningwhen his ultralight plane crashed in a central Queensland paddock had lost his daughter to a rare condition just last year.

Timothy White, 53, died when hisplane crashed about 15 kilometres south of Emerald near the Gregory Highway just after 7.30am. He was the sole occupant.

His wife, Leanne, described him as “a beautiful,loving husband and father”.

“He was a genuine, loving guy who would help anybody,” she said.

Mr and Mrs White with Georgia, one of their two grandchildren. Photo: Supplied

“He loved flying, he loved life, he loved Harley Davidsons and he loved our life together.”

The couple both owned a Harley motorcycle each and had three children together–32-year-old Coby, 28-year-oldTayleeand 26-year-old Matthew.

However, the couple lost Taylee last August to a rare medical condition called pseudo-Hirschsprung’s disease.

Taylee had been regularly in and out of hospital and had about seven organ transplants.

“She looked normal and healthy, but the hospital was her home away from home,” Mrs White said.

The familyhad moved to Emerald from Tamworth in New South Wales two-and-a-half years ago to allow Mr White to pursue his dream of owning and running a motel.

The family bought Emerald Motel Apartments and had run it together ever since.

“It was slow, but it was picking up and paying the bills,” she said.

“I’ll keep running itfor the short term.”

Ms White said friendswere driving up from Tamworth to support the family, but otherwise their friends and relatives mostly lived abroad.

The crash scene about 15 kilometres south of Emerald. Photo: Nine News Queensland – Twitter

Mr White took off from Emerald Airport on Sunday morning and was in the final stages of getting his pilot’s licence, having passed the test and just needing a few more flying hours.

Mrs White said he planned to circle above the airport and practice take-offs and landings in his ultralight single-seat aircraft.

Inquiries into Mr White’s death continued on Sunday evening, with investigators hoping cameras inside the plane would shed some light on what went wrong.

Mrs White also said authorities were awaiting the results of an autopsy to determine whether her husband suffered a medical incident, such as a heart attack, before the crash.

Brisbane Times