The RMIT community is today dealing with the devastating news that one of our students died yesterday while on a solo training flight.
This morning, I met the student’s father at RMIT’s Point Cook flight training centre.
On behalf of the University, I extended my heartfelt condolences to him.
As a father, I can only begin to imagine the pain he is feeling at this time.
The University will, of course, respect the family’s request for privacy at this difficult time.
In keeping with their wishes, RMIT will not be releasing the student’s name.
I have also been spending time with aviation staff and students, who have gathered at Point Cook to share their grief and their memories.
RMIT’s trained counsellors are also at Point Cook, offering support to students and staff.
The University continues to assist the Air Transport Safety Bureau, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority and emergency services.
RMIT operations at Point Cook remain suspended until further notice.
Martin Bean CBE, Vice-Chancellor and President
Students affected by this tragedy can contact the RMIT Counselling Service.