The 24-year-old woman currently fighting for her life following a helicopter crash in Broome is Mandurah education assistant Maddison Down. Ms Down, a Falcon Primary School teacher’s aide, was one of four people on board the flight when it crashed at Antheous Way, Bilingurr, north of Broome, about 2.30pm on Saturday. She is currently in ICU at Royal Perth Hospital. The helicopter was being piloted by the award-winning founder of Horizontal Falls Seaplane Adventures, Troy Thomas, who tragically died alongside a 12-year-old — a friend of his daughter Mia Thomas. Mia, was also on board the Robinson R44 helicopter and was taken to Perth Children’s Hospital where she is in a serious but stable condition. It is understood both girls attended Falcon Primary. Visit Mandurah general manager Anita Kane said the WA Tourism Industry had been “rocked by the tragic death of Mandurah local Troy Thomas”. “Although he did not operate a tourism business in Mandurah he was a proud advocate for the area,” Ms Kane said. “His loss will be felt not only in Mandurah but the entire WA tourism community where he had made such a massive impact as a tourism business owner and innovator. Our heartfelt condolences to the entire Thomas family.” Rockingham Wildlife Encounters managing director Chad D’Souza said Mr Thomas was a good ally in the tourism space in bringing the rest of the world into WA. “He was a good advocate for the tourism industry. A lot of new businesses look to those with experience. A lot of people looked up to his personality and what he gave back to the tourism industry,” he said. “He was very inspiring for a lot of people. He was just a great bloke, somebody you could talk to about business or go out for a drink with. Someone who had a smile everyday, living life to the fullest. He was renowned for being a bit of an adventurer.” Mr Thomas had recently sold the WA Tourism Award-winning business, but continued to work there as a manager. In 2018, on the back of three Gold and two Hall of Fame awards at the WA Tourism Awards, Mr Thomas had expressed a desire to bring his seaplane venture to the Peel region. However, bureaucracy had held back this dream, with landing aircraft in the Peel Inlet banned by the Waterways Conservation Regulations 1981.