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A woman has shared a heartbreaking message to others on social media after tragically losing her father in a plane crash while she was living abroad - urging others to hug their parents 'tightly' and tell them they love them.
Trevor Badger, 55, was flying his light plane when it crashed in a paddock on the family's farm in Western Australia's Great Southern region on Saturday.
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She explained how she had always feared living abroad in case something bad happened to her family in her absence, but said her parents had always encouraged her to 'live her life'.
However, her 'worst fears' were realised when she found out her 'experienced pilot' father had been killed while flying a plane.
In her video, she said: "My biggest fear about living aboard is that something would happen to my parents while I was away.
"But both of my parents always said to me that that's not a good enough reason for me not to go travel and live my life.
"Unfortunately, over the last weekend my worst fears came true when my dad, an experienced pilot, was killed in a plane accident on our family farm.
"Within 48 hours, my partner and I flew from Auckland to Perth and then drove four hours to get to my hometown to be with my family."
Sharing advice with others, Chelsea added: "This pain is unlike anything I have ever experienced.
"So please, next time you see your parents, hug them tightly and tell them that you love them."
Her video has been viewed more than 628,000 times on TikTok, and has more than 137,000 likes.
There are also thousands of comments from fellow social media users expressing their deepest condolences to Chelsea and her family.
One wrote: "The pain in your voice... Sending you so much love."
Someone else said: "So sorry for your loss. Sending you so much love."
A third added: "I don't know you, but feel your pain. I will hug my parents, thanks for reminding me how precious they are. Sending you and your family my love."
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