Tributes flow for Queensland millionaire and son killed in plane crash

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Tributes have poured in for a father and son who died alongside each other in a light plane crash in Queensland.

On Monday, Tom Strachan, 49, his son Noah, 20, and a pilot were flying from Dalby in the state's Western Downs Region and were expected to land in Archerfield at 2pm. However the plane never arrived, prompting a desperate search.

The aircraft was ultimately located and all three occupants, Mr Strachan, Noah and the pilot, were all pronounced dead at the scene, Queensland Police said in a statement.

The plane was found "split in two", the Courier Mail reported.

The pilot has been identified as Gary Liehm, Nine News reported. He was an experienced pilot who had previously flown for fire and emergency services in Queensland.

Pictured is the light plane wreckage near Fernvale, Queensland
A light plane crashed in Queensland on Monday, killing all three occupants. Source: 9News

The wreckage was found near Fernvale, about an hour's drive west of Brisbane.

Mr Strachan was an Australian millionaire and the Executive Director of Packhorse, an asset and funds management firm. He previously worked for the labour-hire company AWX.

His son Noah worked as an analyst in Brisbane.

Tributes have flown in for the father and son. One person said she had known Mr Strachan since he was a child and described him as a "vibrant force", even in his youth.

They said he was "destined" to make a big mark on the world.

"Heartfelt condolences to the family. A huge loss, losing not only Tom but his son Noah with so much of his life ahead of him," they wrote on social media.

A friend of the Strachan family said despite the 49-year-old's success, he "always made time for everyone".

"It’s incredibly tragic – he was beautiful, generous and an absolute horseman. He loved his horses," they said according to the Courier Mail.

"It’s just surreal, and devastating."

Noah Strachan and his father Tom were killed alongside pilot Gary Liehm. Source: LinkedIn/Packhorse
Noah Strachan and his father Tom were killed alongside pilot Gary Liehm. Source: LinkedIn/Packhorse

A tribute to the pilot said he took flying very seriously.

"He was a true gentleman and real character. Always joking but so serious when it came to flying," they said of Mr Liehm.

The police forensic crash unit will investigate the crash as will the Australian Transport Safety Bureau whose safety inspectors are expected on site on Tuesday.

There have been reports the plane crashed after running into some bad weather.

A report will be prepared for the Coroner.

with AAP

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