Australian consular assistance to family of 3 Australians killed in plane crash in US

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Australian consular assistance to family of 3 Australians killed in plane crash in US

The Australian government is providing consular assistance to the family of three Australians killed in a single-engine plane crash in the US.

Three members of the same family were killed in the Gulf of Mexico after a crash that sent Dfat officials to Florida.

The former Gympie resident Christian Kath, 42, Misty Kath, 43, and their 12 year-old daughter, Lily, were identified by the US authorities as the victims of the crash. In July this year, Kath was piloting the plane after he had achieved his pilot license.

The family was living in St Petersburg, Florida. Local news station ABC 7 reported that the Kaths had flown from their local airport to Venice, Florida for dinner on Saturday. The single engine Piper PA-28 crashed shortly after takeoff from Venice Municipal Airport on the return leg.

A spokesman for Dfat said that consular assistance was provided to the Kath family.

The Australian government sends its deepest condolences to the family and friends of those who died in this tragic incident, the spokesperson said.

We are unable to provide further comment due to our privacy obligations, and consistent with the family's request for privacy. Misty and her daughter had been recovered and the search was continuing for Christians, the US authorities said.

We are working on it extensively. The cause of the crash is not known.