Human remains found in Mount Martha plane crash search

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Human remains have been found after a former military jet crashed into Port Phillip Bay near Mount Martha on Sunday afternoon with a pilot and cameraman on board.

Victoria Police said on Wednesday morning they had discovered bodies inside the wreckage found off the shore of Mornington on Monday evening.

Cameraman James Rose (left) and pilot Stephen Gale (right) were on board the plane that crashed on Sunday.

“They are believed to be the missing occupants of the plane, a 56-year-old Brunswick man and a 30-year-old Surrey Hills man,” the statement said.

Stephen Gale, a pilot, engineer, inventor and aspiring filmmaker, and James Rose, a talented cameraman and drone operator, were reported missing after two light S-211 Marchetti planes collided mid-air about 12 kilometres west of Mount Martha, in Melbourne’s south-east.

Gale and Rose were filming for a documentary series that planned to teach people with no experience how to fly.

The other plane involved in the collision landed safely at Essendon airport. Police said they had interviewed the pilot of that plane.

Anyone who witnessed the incident, with footage, or information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or log onto

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