A British doctor who is among three people killed in an Australian plane crash in January died in hospital on Tuesday, the country’s coronavirus service said.
The British man, in his 40s, was travelling with his wife and a couple of other family members when they crashed into a mountainside in western New South Wales, on January 7.
He was rushed to a hospital in Melbourne but died on Tuesday afternoon.
He was a specialist in the treatment of glaucoma, a form of eye disease that has become a huge problem in Australia in recent years.
His wife and family members were also among those killed in the crash.
A spokesperson for the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (ANHMC), which investigates the causes of deaths in Australia, said the British man died in a local hospital, but he had not been formally identified.
A coroner’s report is due later on Wednesday.
“We are extremely saddened by this loss of life, but will respect the wishes of his family,” the spokesperson said.
“The death is not being treated as suspicious.”
It is not known if the couple’s son or daughter were on the plane.
The ANHMC does not release any official statistics on the number of people killed or injured in accidents, but has said in the past that the number is more than 100 times the number who are killed or seriously injured in car accidents.
The agency is also notifying the families of the deceased, who can be contacted by phone, by email or through its website.
The Australian Government has launched an investigation into the accident.
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