Mother loses second son in a year after plane crash

A MELBOURNE mother is reeling after suffering the loss of a second son in just 12 months, following a plane crash in Papua New Guinea.

Adam Reid, 37, was one of the passengers killed after a Cessna 208 Caravan flown by Tropicair reported an engine failure.

It would later veer into a river after attempting an emergency landing.

Of the 10 on board, seven escaped including the pilot.

Three others - Adam, an infant and a third person - perished after being trapped underwater inside the plane.

So far it is unclear if Adam was the only Australian on board.

The loss was compounded for Adam's mother Cheryl Reid, who lost her other son Matthew in a horrifying head-on crash near Ballina only nine months ago.

According to the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, the pilot sent a mayday call from 30 nautical miles west of Kikori, which itself is 500km north-west of Port Moresby, at 5pm on Monday.

Mrs Reid learned of the crash soon after from Tropicair management.

Adam was acting as an observer in the flight as part of his life-long ambition to become a pilot for the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

Speaking on behalf of the family, Adam's cousin Noel Nealon told APN of the devastation felt by Adam's mother to have lost a second child "she loved with all her heart".

Mr Nealon said Adam was a quiet and private man, but one who adored his nephew.

"He has a very special nephew named Hudson, who he absolutely adored," Mr Nealon said.

He joined Tropicair just three weeks ago, excited by the challenge of flying over the notoriously challenging Papua New Guinea landscape.

The ATSB is yet to learn whether its help will be requested for the ensuing investigation.

Adam is survived by parents Cheryl and Graeme Reid, sister Julie Townsend, her husband Adam, and their son Hudson.