Perth pilot Michael Hebbard has been identified as a victim of the Caiguna plane crash near the WA-SA border

The pilot, who was killed in a plane crash 350km west of the WA-SA border on Friday, is remembered as a “doting” father who “was always there for his family”.

Michael Hebbard of Perth was the sole occupant aboard an amateur-built recreational aircraft when a disaster struck at around 9:30am in Caiguna, a small roadhouse community along the Nullarbor Plain.

Online, Hebbard, 43, described himself as a budding entrepreneur, part-time pilot and former member of the Royal Australian Navy.

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His social media accounts also suggest that he studied at Curtin University for a Masters of Business Administration (MBA).

Since Friday, two crowdfunding pages have been launched that have donated $10,000 to help his family: his wife Kristen and two young children, Finn and Stella.

Michael Hebbard was remembered as a “doting father”. Credit: Facebook/Michael Thomas Hebard

In notes alongside the fundraisers, Hebbard was remembered as someone who always made time for loved ones.

“Mike was a loving man who was always there for his family, a loving partner, a devoted father and a great friend and neighbor,” wrote Shelly Thompson.

“He was the guy everyone knew and liked and we will miss him so much.

“Mike wants us all to help his family get through this together so please donate.”

In another, Linton shared with Allen that “Mike was one of the most genuine, down to earth guys you would ever meet.”

Hebbard was the only occupant on board a recreational aircraft when a disaster struck Caiguna. Credit: Facebook / Michael Thomas Hebbard/Michael Thomas Hebard

Officials and emergency services rushed to the scene of the accident on Friday, where it was confirmed that Hebbard had died.

“The pilot and sole occupant of the plane, a man in his 40s, died as a result of the crash,” WA Police said in a statement.

“The investigation is ongoing and the police will prepare a report for the coroner.”

The Australian Safety Transport Bureau told 7NEWS.com.au that the aircraft involved was an amateur-built Jabiru recreational aircraft.

The bureau said it would not investigate this crash because it does not investigate recreational aircraft accidents.

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