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Australian killed on EgyptAir flight had just become father for second time.

Richard Osman, the dual Australian-British citizen believed killed when EgyptAir flight MS804 when it crashed into the Mediterranean, has been remembered as a “role model” and very “hard worker”.

The 40-year-old had just celebrated the birth of his second daughter, Olympe, with his French-born wife Aureilie, a sister for their first daughter 14-month-old Victios.

Mr Osman’s brother, Alastair, said the mining geologist was “deliriously happy”.

“Richard was so happy at the birth of his second daughter, and yet two weeks later he is no longer with us. It’s an absolute tragedy,” he told the South Wales Evening Post.

“He was really happy about having the baby and was looking forward to enjoying a lovely family life with his two girls.

“It’s sad that he has been deprived of a potentially wonderful future and they’ve been deprived of a wonderful future with him.

“You have to try to remain strong.”

Mr Osman was born in Wales and earned his masters degree in Mining Geology from the Camborne School of Mines in Cornwall.

He had reportedly worked in the mining industry for more than 16 years, and worked in the West Australian gold mining industry several years ago before returning to Europe.

His family main home was in Jersey and he was employed by Centamin, a mineral exploration and mining company, as a business development manager — work which saw him regularly flying to Cairo.

Mr Osman’s brother described him as “workaholic” and a “great brother”.

“He was admirable. He was someone you could look up to,” he told the BBC.

“He was warm-hearted as well, very understanding, very warm, very kind, very responsible.”

Professor Kip Jeffrey, Head of Camborne School of Mines, told the Plymouth Herald: “We are deeply saddened by this terrible tragedy, and our thoughts and sincere sympathies go out to Richard’s family, friends and colleagues at this difficult time.

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“Richard is fondly remembered from his time studying at CSM as a genuinely lovely man, quiet but dedicated, and for his warmth towards his friends and real passion for his work.”

Too early to speculate: Bishop

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop yesterday told reporters officials had been in contact with his family.

“I can confirm that an Australian-British national was aboard that flight and the British government is taking the lead in the consular support for this being provided to him at the request of his wife,” she said.

“He has not lived in Australia for a number of years. Of course, we have been in contact with his family.

“But this just reflects the tragedy that will affect so many people as a result of this air crash.

She said it was too early to say what caused the plane to crash.

“But we are working very closely with other nations and other authorities to determine the cause of the crash and to ensure that all necessary investigations will be undertaken,” she said.

“I note that no cause is being ruled out, but at this stage it would not be appropriate for me to speculate.

“If indeed it is a terrorism attack, then of course it underscores just why the Australian Government is to determined to fight terrorism at its source and to do whatever we can to ensure that Australians are safe, both here and as they travel abroad.”

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