Adam Gaffney was the young pilot that tragically lost his life in a plane crash in Broome last night.
The 27-year-old’s life ended suddenly when his twin-engine aircraft spiralled into the sand dunes at Cable Beach, killing him.
Mr Gaffney was the only person aboard the plane, which was carrying cargo to Port Hedland, his body has been recovered.
It is believed the young man recently became engaged.
Mr Gaffney, who worked for Golden Eagle Airlines, has been described as a man who loved his job and had showed great potential.
Golden Eagle Airlines this morning released a statement saying the company was mourning the loss of a friend and pilot.
“Our condolences go out to his family and friends,” the statement said. “The company appreciates the rapid response of personnel involved in the search and rescue operations.”
The statement said the Piper Seneca aircraft had been on a regular freight flight and took off in good conditions.
Australian Transport Safety Bureau officers will work with police and coronial staff to investigate the cause of the crash and have asked for witnesses to contact them.