Minutes after learning that six Sundance Resources board members were found dead in the Congo jungle, George Jones received a confronting late night call from a US fund manager.
"I've heard that you've found the plane and they're all dead," the fund manager said.
"How on earth did you find that out? I've only just been told myself," Mr Jones replied.
"That's how it works," the fund manager shot back.
The phone call gives an insight into a time when the world turned upside down for everyone involved with Sundance, the Africa-focused iron ore company that Mr Jones had the unenviable task of running after the disastrous events in Congo just over two years ago.
A twin-engine aircraft flying from Yaounde, the capital of Cameroon, to the site of Sundance's Mbalam iron ore project near Yangadou in northwest Congo-Brazzaville, crashed in mountainous terrain on June 19, 2010.
When French military arrived at the wreckage two days later, they found no survivors.
All 11 people on board - including the entire Sundance board - had died.
In a frank account of the ordeal, Mr Jones, who is now Sundance's managing director, opened up about the heartwrenching period of his life, the families that were left behind, the implications for the company and how he managed to deal with the national media.
At 11.45pm on June 21, 2010, Mr Jones was preparing to inform the families that their loved ones were not coming home.
"You think what are you going to do because there are 11 families and what are we going to do to advise people," Mr Jones told a St Barbara's Day Remembrance Service in Perth last month.
"I didn't have much time to think about it because I then got a phone call from a fund in the United States."
At that point, Mr Jones realised it would only be a matter of time before the nation's media and the financial world would want to confirm the deaths.
"We didn't have the luxury of waiting until the next day to do something about it," he said.
"We had to organise counsellors, police and various representatives of the company heads to make sure the wives were informed before the media, because we knew it was coming."
Mr Jones was not only left to grieve the loss of his colleagues, but he had to pull himself together and keep the company afloat.
"How the hell do you run a public company without a board," he said.
Moreover, the episode occurred at a critical time for Sundance which was in the middle of talking to strategic partners for its Mbalam project.
As the future of the company lay in his hands, Mr Jones also had to authorise search-and-retrieval flights before appointing a defacto board less than two weeks after the crash.
Looking back on the search, which was carried out in dense rainforest, he believes the French military did an outstanding job to find the wreckage.
"It was an extraordinary achievement," Mr Jones said.
Five French troops volunteered to stay with the bodies overnight and clear a place for the helicopter to land in the thick jungle.
Sundance chairman Geoff Wedlock, chief executive Don Lewis, company secretary John Carr-Gregg and non-executive directors Ken Talbot, John Jones and Craig Oliver were among the 11 people who died.
Fast forward two and a half years and China's Hanlong Mining is reportedly finalising a $1.3 billion acquisition of Sundance.
Last weekend, Chinese state-run news agency Xinhua reported that Hanlong planned to complete the acquisition of Sundance Resources for 45 cents per share by March 1.