Covering the Sydney-to-Hobart Yacht Race, Jones was shooting from a Cessna 172 plane that crashed into Storm Bay, Hobart, in Tasmania. The 61-year-old photographer was the sole passenger of pilot Sam Langford, 29. No trace has been found of the two men, reports today indicate. An oil slick has been found in the area, and debris from the plane has been picked up. There was no distress call from the plane before it crashed. “It was flying at around mast level and plunged nose-first into the water,” one witness reportedly said.
Jones was “one of Australia’s most-respected yacht photographers,” according to the Mercury.au news report. “He was a well-known figure in Tasmanian photography circles as owner-operator of Perfect Prints Hobart for 32 years.”
Colleague Wolfgang Glowacki says Jones was “a fantastic guy — very, very friendly, a good business partner, and very well known in the Hobart photography industry.” Photographer John Swainston knew Jones for 25 years and says “He was generous to a T, thoughtful. He was just a thoroughly good bloke. He had become very adept as an aerial photographer.”
Jones was the father of two sons and a daughter.
Our thoughts also go out to the family of pilot Sam Langford.