Pilot and musterer dies days before his 21st birthday
ISAAC Bain will be dearly missed by his family and friends, after the young pilot died in a light aircraft crash at the weekend.
He was only days away from celebrating his 21st birthday alongside his twin brother, Joseph, at a party they had been planning.
"Everyone is in shock at the moment, and still can't believe it has happened," family friend Karen Dingle said.
"Our children have grown up together, and our second-eldest, Loggahn, is the same age as the twins, Isaac and Joseph.
"He's in shock at the moment, it has upset him greatly, because they have been together for a long time.
"They started preschool together, played footy together; the Bains moved out west, and then we moved to Mungallala, so whenever they came through, they would always stop for a cuppa or stay the night on their way home to Cheepie," she said.
Isaac had been flying solo since 2016, when he and his brother both got their pilot's licences.
He went on to be a contract musterer and worked across the region.
"Isaac was a very happy-go-lucky fella who worked very hard, he had a great work ethic," Mrs Dingle said.
The news of Isaac's death was unexpected for those who knew him.
"We all miss him very much, that's for sure; he is going to be missed greatly, and it is just horrific.
"You never expect this to happen and you just don't want to go through it, bury your own child, but they will get through it.
"The Bains have faith and God is on their side," she said.
Isaac was the sole occupant in a Foxbat A22LS ultralight plane, and was working on Aldville Station, north of Cunnamulla, when the aircraft crash-landed.
Police were called at 1pm on Sunday, and were followed by ambulance crews, who treated him.
Sadly, Isaac died at the scene.
Aviation investigators were deployed to Aldville and arrived on Tuesday, along with the Forensic Crash Unit; the agencies will be preparing reports for the coroner and the Civil Aviation Safety Authority.
Recreational Aviation Australia is working with police investigating the cause of the crash, and will probe environmental, mechanical and human intervention factors.