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Tribute to Ken Mosedale former TVW videotape operator

Posted by ken On March - 12 - 2013

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    Tragically a Channel Seven Perth videotape operator and commercial pilot, Ken Mosedale, was killed at 10.10pm on Monday 4 September 2000. Ken was piloting a Beechcraft King Air 200 aircraft taking seven workers to the Sons of Gwalia mining operation at Leonora. The flight, which became known as the ‘Ghost Flight’, never arrived, crashing 65km south east of Burketown in Queensland.

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    Air Crash Investigators determined that some twenty minutes into the flight it was likely that the cabin depressurised, causing the pilot and passengers to black out, and eventually the plane crashed when it ran out of fuel.

What a tragic loss of life.

Tribute to Ken Mosedale – Pilot and television employee

WA TV History
Veteran TVW cameraman, producer and director Richard Ashton pays tribute to a very well liked colleague who sadly lost his life in a mysterious accident which grabbed the imagination of the news media at the time.

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    Radio and TV veteran Ian Stimson points out that Ken Mosedale was a jack of all trades at GWN doing everything from audio, studio camera to master control. Being one of the pioneering staff at BTW back in 1967, when they had no videotape to start with. Greg Milner also said that he worked closely and became a mate of Ken when he was News Editor at GWN 30-odd years ago.

    There were also many kind words recorded in Hansard, with Ken Mosedale being known to various State politicians, as expressed in the condolence motion of 7th September 2000, in the Legislative Assembly.

    A common thread talking to people who knew Ken was that he was a particularly helpful chap, most willing to assist and possessed unlimited patience. Admirable qualities now sadly lost with his passing.

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