The CEO and co-founder of a Melbourne agtech startup AXIchain, Linda Woodford, is amongst 5 individuals killed in a helicopter crash in Victoria on Thursday.
Her colleague, finance advisor Ian Perry, was additionally amongst these killed when the helicopter crashed at round 8am in distant forest close to Blair’s Hut at Mount Disappointment, 60km north of Melbourne, having departed from Moorabbin airport.
A second chopper, with six individuals aboard, that was additionally a part of the non-public constitution landed safely at Mangalore within the Strathbogie area. It reportedly misplaced radio contact with the opposite plane amid low-hanging clouds at 8am.
Authorities and investigators situated the crash web site in steep and troublesome terrain in dense bushland on Thursday night, confirming there have been no survivors.
Together with Woodford, 50, from Inverloch, and Perry, 59, from Sydney, additionally killed have been pilot Dean Neal, 32, from Cheltenham, advisor Paul Troja, 73, from Albert Park, and Nicholas Vasudeva, 53, co-founder of Sydney-based First Ag Capital.
AXIchain is a blockchain-based digital market based in 2018 by Woodford and the corporate’s CIO, Hien Tran. Their aim is to streamline and simplify native and world provide chains. Their resolution digitises 57 processes into 5 easy key touchpoints with improved provide chain traceability and transparency.
The corporate issued a press release on Friday confirming the deaths of Woodford and Perry “with whole disbelief and unhappiness”. The pair have been visiting purchasers on the journey.
“Linda was a pushed visionary and an everlasting optimist and will probably be deeply missed by all that knew her,” the assertion mentioned.
“Ian was a revered member of the agricultural business and a dedicated household man and will probably be sorely missed by all that knew him.
“Our ideas and deepest sympathies are with Linda and Ian’s households at this troublesome time. Our ideas and honest condolences are additionally with the households of the three different valued buddies and colleagues that have been on board the flight.”
Woodford had not too long ago celebrated her