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Tasmanian crash pilot named as 30yo Queenslander Nikita Walker

ABC News logo ABC News 10/12/2018

Nikita Walker had begun her career as a commercial pilot with Par Avion and had said "I love my job". © Facebook Nikita Walker had begun her career as a commercial pilot with Par Avion and had said "I love my job". The pilot killed in the crash in Tasmania's south-west wilderness has been identified as Nikita Walker, police have confirmed.

Ms Walker, 30, a pilot with Par Avion, died when her twin-engine aircraft crashed near Federation Peak on Saturday morning in poor weather.

Today, police said the "investigation being jointly undertaken by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau and Tasmania Police is continuing".

"Our thoughts are with Nikita's family and her loved ones at this difficult time."

Nikita Walker pictured after her first solo flight over Queensland, with instructor Douglas Field, in 2016. © Instagram Nikita Walker pictured after her first solo flight over Queensland, with instructor Douglas Field, in 2016. Ms Walker, originally from Queensland, moved to Tasmania to further her career as a commercial pilot, joining Par Avion in 2016.

On the day she attained her commercial pilot's licence, a friend wrote: "I have never seen anyone so committed to achieving their goals. She has attained outstanding results in all of her exams and flight tests and should be extremely proud of herself today."

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Reflecting back on achieving her license one year later, Ms Walker wrote on social media: "One year ago today I completed my commercial pilot license. It took plenty of hard work and I couldn't have done it without some special people (you know who you are & THANK YOU!).

"But it has all paid off and I am absolutely stoked to be able to say I truly love my job."

Nikita Walker had flown the route over south-west Tasmania a number of times. © Facebook Nikita Walker had flown the route over south-west Tasmania a number of times. For the past two years, Ms Walker had been flying commercially with Par Avion and featured prominently in the company's flight training promotional images.

Airlines of Tasmania Managing Director Shannon Wells said the young pilot had extensive experience.

"She'd learned to fly with us, which is part of why it's so sad as well. She moved down to Tasmania to become a pilot. She did all their training here, (she) was well-versed in Tasmanian flying conditions."

Mr Wells said Ms Walker had even begun "assisting and checking other pilots with their flying to the south-west".

He said Par Avion's staff and management were in shock over the loss.

"There have been a lot of tears shed by me and our colleagues, we're a small family business, we train up a lot of our family here and we see the same people every day," he said.

A Par Avion Britten-Norman Islander twin-engine plane, similar to one that crashed in southwest Tasmania. © ABC News A Par Avion Britten-Norman Islander twin-engine plane, similar to one that crashed in southwest Tasmania. She had trained with Par Avion and flown commercially with the company for two years.

Airlines of Tasmania Managing Director Shannon Wells said the young pilot had extensive experience.

"She'd learned to fly with us, which is part of why it's so sad as well. She moved down to Tasmania to become a pilot. She did all their training here, (she) was well-versed in Tasmanian flying conditions."

Ms Walker's family have travelled to Hobart on the news of her death.


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