A Lankan born Queenstown skydive Pilot, Chaminda Senadhira was killed along with eight other skydivers when their plane crashed in Fox Glacier in New Zealand.
The plane crash is reported to be the worst in New Zealand aviation for almost 17 years. Originally from Sri Lanka, Mr. Senadhira had moved to Germany when he was seven and then to New Zealand at the age of 22 to train as a Pilot.
33 year old Chaminda Senadhira who was at the helm of the plane when it crashed was a veteran skydive pilot with thousands of hours of experience. New Zealand Skydive Auckland Operations Manager said that Pilot Chaminda Senadhira, trained at the Company´s Mercer base before moving South. Also killed were dive-masters, Adam Bennett, Michael Suter, Christopher McDonald, and Rodney Miller, all of New Zealand.