TEN WORST AIRCRAFT CRASHES IN AUSTRALIA
|14 Jun 43||Bakers Creek near Mackay||USAAF||B-17 Flying Fortress||#40-2072, "Miss Every Morning Fix'n", 40 killed|
|19 Dec 43||30 miles north of Rockhampton near Rossmoya Rd, Canal Creek area||USAAF||C-47 Dakota||VH-CHR, #43-30742?, 31 killed|
|10 Jun 60||into the sea near Mackay||Trans Australian Airlines||F-27 Fokker Friendship||VH-TFB, "Abel Tasman", 29 killed|
|26 Jun 50||York||Australian National Airways Pty Ltd||Douglas DC-4||VH-ANA (c/n 42910), "Amana", crashed after takeoff from Guildford. 28 killed in crash, 1 other died 2 days later. Total 29 killed.|
|7 Aug 43||Into Cleveland Bay, Townsville||USAAF||C-47 Dakota||#41-7733, 27 killed|
|31 Dec 68||Port Hedland:||Robertson-Miller Airlines||Vickers Viscount 720||VH-RMQ. Crashed after an in-flight separation of the right wing. 26 killed.|
|10 Mar 46||Derwent River estuary||Ansett Airways||Douglas DC-3 (C-47-DL)||VH-AET (c/n 6013), Crashed 10 minutes after takeoff from Hobart at 8.55 pm. Crash was caused by the pilot engaging the autopilot in mistake fro the fuel crossfeed. 25 killed|
|22 Sep 66||On Nadjayamba Station approx.12 miles west of Winton township and about 13.5 miles short of the airfield||Ansett/ANA||Vickers 832 Viscount||VH-RMI, 24 killed. Suffered a fire in the No.2 cabin air blower. which spread to a fuel tank in the wing where the upper boom of the main spar was heated until it failed under steady flight loads. The port wing failed in flight.|
|27 Mar 45||Cooktown - Finschhafen||USAAF||C-47A-90-DL Dakota||#43-16011, c/n 20477, 24 killed|
|27 Mar 43||near Archerfield, Brisbane||RAAF||C-47 Dakota||VH-CTB, A65-2 (A30-16), 23 killed|
A FEW OTHER MAJOR CRASHES
|10 Mar 49||Bilinga, QLD||Queensland Airlines||Lockheed Lodestar||VH-BAG, 21 killed|
|18 Dec 42||Mt Straloch, Hinchinbrook Island||USAAF||B-24 Liberator||#41-23825 "Texas Terror", 20 killed|
|16 Nov 43||On Rewan Station south of Springsure||USAAF||C-47A Dakota||VH-CGK, 19 killed|
|7 Sep 44||near Mossman, QLD||Royal Netherlands East Indies Air Force||C-47 Dakota||DT-941 (VH-RDK), 19 killed|
The worst aviation disaster involving Australians occurred in New Guinea during WWII when a B-24 Liberator crashed killing the crew of eleven men and sixty soldiers of the 2/33rd Battalion and two drivers from the 158th General Transport Company. An additional 90 men suffered horrendous burns in this tragic incident.
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