Seaplane tragedy: Heartbreaking truth behind three empty seats at the Sydney Cricket Ground

Three empty seats at the Sydney Cricket Ground would have gone unnoticed by many during day one of the fifth Ashes Test.

The heart-breaking reality however is that the completely unremarkable seats were reserved for Richard Cousins and his two sons.

The British executive and his sons, William and Edward, along with his fiancée Emma Bowden and her 11-year-old daughter Heather, were killed in the New Year's Eve seaplane crash on the Hawkesbury River, north of Sydney.

William Cousins, son of Richard.
William Cousins, son of Richard. Photo credit: Twitter
Edward Cousins.
Edward Cousins. Photo credit: Twitter

The Australian is reporting that the Cousins' seats remained empty for the entire duration of the first day's play.

Mr Cousins was the chief executive of the world's largest food catering company, Compass Group, and a keen cricket fan according to his brothers, Simon and Andrew, who have now arrived in Sydney.

The wreckage of the submerged seaplane is being investigated by Australian Transport Safety Bureau investigators, The Australian reports.

Experienced Canadian pilot Gareth Morgan also died in the tragedy.

Newshub.