A mother was left heartbroken after finding out that her children had died just days before Christmas.
Lucas and Lavinia Mocanu, 9 and 10, died in a Sunday plane crash near Redcliffe, Australia, after taking to the skies in a Cessna plane together with their father, 41-year-old Cris Mocanu, and pilot Robert Watterson.
According to the preliminary reports, the plane crashed shortly after taking off, whereas all of the passengers and the pilot died in the crash.
Following the tragedy, Catherine Di Blasio, the children’s mother, revealed how she was left in shock after officers knocked on her door and told her what had happened.
As the heartbroken mom added, she was just wrapping Christmas presents for Lavinia and Lucas when her world came crashing down.
“When they came to my house, the detectives, I was wrapping the kids’ Christmas presents,” Di Blasio said in an interview with The Courier-Mail.
Recalling the last time she spoke with her kids before they took off the ground, Di Blasio added:
“I just told them ‘have fun guys, I love you’. My son turned around and said ‘love you too mum’ and they left.”
As of this writing, it is not yet clear what caused the deadly crash and the investigation remains ongoing.
“Early reports are that [the crash] was not long after take-off, but we’ll need to confirm that with air traffic control,” said Angus Mitchell, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau Chief Commissioner, after the crash.
“Equally anything we can get from the aircraft itself, any types of recorders that may have been aboard the aircraft and any other information, such as witnesses, to confirm exactly what stage of flight [the crash occurred].”
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