'Devastated' ex-lover of 'Leading Weapon' helicopter pilot
Saturday, 25 May, 2024

'Devastated' ex-lover of 'Leading Weapon' helicopter pilot posts sad homage-- 'never forget' him

The ‘devastated’ ex-lover of ‘Top Gun’ helicopter pilot Ash Jenkinson has posted a heartbroken tribute to the man she dated five years ago but says she will always love.

Sensual Flow Yoga Foundation CEO and self-described goddess coach Linda Liv Doktar posted a lengthy tribute to the 40-year-old pilot who died when his Sea World helicopter collided with another nad crashed into a sand bar on Monday afternoon.

Ms Doktar, who dated Mr Jenkinson from 2016 to 2017 and whose Facebook seminars call her the ‘Queen of Embodied Feminine’ began her tribute to her ex-lover with the words, ‘RIP Ash Jenkinson. In disbelief. Devastated. Shattered’.

Dotted with heard emojis, the tribute wished that Mr Jenkinson’s ‘human Self rest in peace & your Soul continue to bless everyone around you’.

Ms Doktar said her heart ‘goes out’ to the pilot’s parents, Bev and Al, to your partner Kosha & your baby, to your siblings, to all of your friends & the lives of the hearts you touched’.

The proprietor of HighVibeEvolutions then goes on to say thank Mr Jenkinson ‘ for blessing my life with your presence as my partner.

‘You are the reason I re-located from Brisbane to Gold Coast and began a brand new life here. Thank you for showing me the way.

The ‘devastated’ ex-lover of ‘Top Gun’ helicopter pilot Ash Jenkinson, sensual yoga coach Linda Doktar (aboveteh couple together five years ago, has posted a heartbroken tribute to the man she dated five years ago but says she will always love


The goddess trainer and  'queen of feminine embodiment' said she'll never fortget the magical flight at a moment's notice with Ash Jenkinson who she dated from 2016-2017

The goddess trainer and  ‘queen of feminine embodiment’ said she’ll never fortget the magical flight at a moment’s notice with Ash Jenkinson who she dated from 2016-2017


Linda Doktar's post about her onetime love Ash Jenkinson said she was 'devastateed, shattered and in disbelief' about his death and said in memoriam 'I love you'

Linda Doktar’s post about her onetime love Ash Jenkinson said she was ‘devastateed, shattered and in disbelief’ about his death and said in memoriam ‘I love you’

‘And I am so proud of you for following your passion of flying helicopters. I will never forget the day you rang me to ask if I can be ready in 20 minutes as you would pick me up in your chopper and fly me to Sunshine Coast & back.

‘To a well respected & well known Gold Coast Pilot, Son, Father, Partner & Friend. You will be deeply missed.’

 Signing off with the words, ‘I love you’, Ms Doktar wished that the ‘four souls who lost their human lives in this tragic accident’, rest in peace.

Ms Doktar says on Facebook that her work entails  ‘birthing into the world and  guiding … women back into their natural essence and into the embodiment of feminine magnetism’.

Her emotional post came as tributes have poured in for the Mr Jenkinson who only became a father late in 2021, and as a mate reveals the final text he sent him before the tragedy. 


Linda Doktar has been left devastated by the loss of ex

Linda Doktar has been left devastated by the loss of ex


Ms Doktar said the crash (pictured, above, the main body of the destroyed helicopter tied up for towing) had taken away 'a well respected & well known Gold Coast Pilot, Son, Father, Partner & Friend'

Ms Doktar said the crash (pictured, above, the main body of the destroyed helicopter tied up for towing) had taken away ‘a well respected & well known Gold Coast Pilot, Son, Father, Partner & Friend’


Linda Doktar is a sensual yoga and goddess embodiment coach who said she credits Ash Jenkinson (above the coupe together in 2016- 2017) with helping her move to the Gold Coast  and taking her for a magical flight ina helicopter

Linda Doktar is a sensual yoga and goddess embodiment coach who said she credits Ash Jenkinson (above the coupe together in 2016- 2017) with helping her move to the Gold Coast  and taking her for a magical flight ina helicopter

Originally from Birmingham in the UK, Ash Jenkinson was among four people killed when the Sea World EC130 helicopter he was flying collided with another chopper mid-air before it plummeted 30 metres near the theme park, at about 2pm on Monday.

British couple Ron, 65, and Diane Hughes, 57 and Sydney mother Vanessa Tadros, 36, have been confirmed as the other victims. 

Ms Tadros, also known as Vanessa Geagea’s 10-year-old son is in a critical condition in hospital, while a 33-year-old woman and a nine-year-old girl related to her are also being treated for serious injuries. 

Mrs Tadros’s son is still not aware that his mother has died as his devastated family remain by his bedside.

The pilot of the second helicopter, which had five passengers on board, miraculously managed to land on a sand bar, with everyone aboard able to walk away. 

Queensland Police and ATSB Officers are now recovering the wreckage from the crash site. 


Ms Doktar runs a sensual flow yoga business and goddess embodiment training for women on the Gold Coast where she moved to pursue a romance with pilot Ash Jenkinson

Ms Doktar runs a sensual flow yoga business and goddess embodiment training for women on the Gold Coast where she moved to pursue a romance with pilot Ash Jenkinson


Linda Doktar dated the pilot Ask Jenkinson five years ago and is shattered by his death in the helicopter crash on the Gold Coast on Monday afternoon

Linda Doktar dated the pilot Ask Jenkinson five years ago and is shattered by his death in the helicopter crash on the Gold Coast on Monday afternoon


Sea World helicopters chief pilot Ash 'Jenko' Jenkinson, 40, died in the helicopter crash just 17 months after having his baby son Kaiden with his wife, Kosha (above, the couple together)

Sea World helicopters chief pilot Ash ‘Jenko’ Jenkinson, 40, died in the helicopter crash just 17 months after having his baby son Kaiden with his wife, Kosha (above, the couple together)


The mangled wreck of the chopper is seen on the sandbank as the detached rotor is lifted in the air

The mangled wreck of the chopper is seen on the sandbank as the detached rotor is lifted in the air

 Mr Jenkinson, a father who had instructed numerous novice pilots, had welcomed his first son to the world in September last year with his wife Kosha. 

One of Jenkinson’s closest mates, Ritchie Gregg, says he was ‘a top guy, top gun and the best dad’ and that his 17-month-old son Kaiden ‘would probably be asking where dad is’ right now. 

Mr Gregg said he sent a message to Jenkinson when he heard from another of their mates via social media that there had been a crash, asking ‘hope that wasn’t you?’

‘I heard at ten past two. So I sent the message and was waiting for an answer.

‘When he and Kosha had their son (in September 2021) he was the most excited dad. (Kosha) is very silent, she’s in shock Kaiden … would probably be asking where dad is.  

 ‘They only got married in October,’ he explained.

‘Ash had the biggest heart and was the happiest guy. When he’d finished work flying he’d be straight home to see his boy.

‘Family was his biggest thing,’ he said. 

Another close friend, Andy Taylor said he discovered the horrifying news with everyone else, on social media.

‘I saw it come up on a post on social media,’ Mr Taylor told Sunrise.

‘I tried to ring Ash straight away. At first, the phone was dead and then went to the voicemail.

He described Mr Jenkinson as ‘a big guy with a big heart,’ who helped out during the height of the NSW Northern Rivers’ flood crisis last year. 

 

 


One of Jenkinson's closest mates, Ritchie Gregg, sent a text message to Ash after learning about the tragedy on social media

One of Jenkinson’s closest mates, Ritchie Gregg, sent a text message to Ash after learning about the tragedy on social media

 ‘He did a lot of charity work, we did the floods down in Ballina and saved a lot of people,’ Mr Taylor told Sunrise on Tuesday.

The pilot transported food, water and other essential items to flood survivors who were cut off from their community for days.

‘He is the best of the best. I don’t know what else to say.’


Mr Jenkinson welcomed his first child, a son, Kaiden, with his wife Kosha back in September 2021

Mr Jenkinson welcomed his first child, a son, Kaiden, with his wife Kosha back in September 2021

 Mr Jenkinson was the chief pilot at Sea World helicopters and ‘loved’ his job, Mr Taylor said.

‘He was so good at what he did. He was on point, I don’t understand what’s happened,’ Mr Taylor said.

‘It was his life. It was everything to him.

‘I don’t think he had any other hobbies. That was it. That was everything for him.’

‘Above all he was a family man. He loved his family, loved his baby,’ Mr Taylor said.

‘His family was certainly first. Helicopter second. But they were the two passions of his life.’ 


The crashed chopper is lifted in the air as crews work to extract it from the sandbank as the tide sets in

The crashed chopper is lifted in the air as crews work to extract it from the sandbank as the tide sets in


The wreckage is carefully loaded onto the back of a truck as the Australian Transport Safety Bureau revealed initial findings from their investigation on Tuesday

The wreckage is carefully loaded onto the back of a truck as the Australian Transport Safety Bureau revealed initial findings from their investigation on Tuesday


Tributes have flown in for the 'top gun' helicopter pilot, with friends and family describing him as 'big guy with a big heart' who loved his job and did a lot of charity work (pictured with his wife)

Tributes have flown in for the ‘top gun’ helicopter pilot, with friends and family describing him as ‘big guy with a big heart’ who loved his job and did a lot of charity work (pictured with his wife)

Colleague Penny Wilson said Mr Jenkinson had ‘such golden of heart, cheeky sense of humour and always such a laugh to be around’.

‘An amazing pilot. Always so kind, helpful, and supportive. A true gentleman, and always willing to lend a hand,’ former colleague Lucy Kuhn said.

The heartbreaking accounts come as an eyewitness to the tragedy described the dramatic moment a young boy’s life was possibly saved when he couldn’t breathe in the immediate aftermath of the crash. 


A colleague said Mr Jenkinson was 'such golden of heart, cheeky sense of humour and always such a laugh to be around'

A colleague said Mr Jenkinson was ‘such golden of heart, cheeky sense of humour and always such a laugh to be around’


Ritchie Gregg, pictured second left, with Ash Jenkinson, left and two other mates on their flood rescue trip to Ballina and Korokai in norther NSW last year

Ritchie Gregg, pictured second left, with Ash Jenkinson, left and two other mates on their flood rescue trip to Ballina and Korokai in norther NSW last year


Mr Jenkinson was a hero during the 2022 flood crisis on the Northern Rivers. Picture: Supplied

Mr Jenkinson was a hero during the 2022 flood crisis on the Northern Rivers. Picture: Supplied

Australian Transport Safety Bureau investigators are probing the crash and have salvaged both helicopters from the sand bar.

ATSB Chief Commissioner Angus Mitchell said it appears that the main rotor of Mr Jenkinson’s aircraft, which was taking off, hit the second helicopter’s cockpit as it came in to land.

‘Now, exactly whether that was the very first point of impact – we’re yet to determine,’ he told reporters on Tuesday. 

‘But that in itself has led to the main rotor in the gearbox separating from the main (Mr Jenkinson’s) helicopter, which then had no lift and has fallen heavily to the ground.’

He said the helicopter that crashed had only been in the air for 20 seconds, but fell from a significant height. 

Mr Mitchell said it was ‘remarkable’ the second pilot had managed to land in the circumstances and the situation could have been far worse otherwise.

‘The presence of mind to be able to land that helicopter, particularly considering the damage that we know has occurred on that front left-hand seat of the helicopter, it does appear to have been a remarkable job to have got it down.’

‘What we do need to know is what was occurring in the cockpits at that time … what were the processes in place that are designed to protect helicopters in this situation,’ he said.   

‘(We will investigate) the weather at the time, to the tasking, to how long the helicopters had been operating that day, to how long the pilots had been flying, there’s a lot that goes into it,’ he said.

‘But exactly why this occurred, what was the range of visibility from both the pilots, what was happening inside the cabins at the time, they’re the things that will help us here … but it’s still very early stages in the investigating to start speculating.’

A preliminary report is expected to be published within eight weeks.


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