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12-July-2016
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A monument commemorates the crew of Macrobertson Miller Airline Flight 1750 which crashed on Indee Station near Port Hedland with the loss of 26 lives. The monument was moved from the original crash site in 2004 due to mining activity. 

On 31 December 1968 a  Vickers Viscount aircraft departed from Perth, Western Australia for a flight of 724 nautical miles (1341 kilometres) to Port Hedland.  The aircraft crashed 28 nautical miles (52 kilometres) short of its destination with the loss of all twenty-six people on board.More than half of the right wing, from outboard of the inner engine to the wingtip, including the outer engine and its propellor, broke away from the rest of the aircraft in flight and struck the ground a significant distance from the main wreckage.

Investigation by the Australian Department of Civil Aviation and British Aircraft Corporation concluded that a mysterious action during maintenance led to extensive fatigue cracking in the right wing spar. This accident remains the third worst in Australia's civil aviation history.

Location

Address:Indee Road via Great Northern Highway , Indee Station Farmstay, Red Rock Pool , Port Hedland, 6721
State:WA
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -20.875749
Long: 118.588723
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Disaster
Sub-Theme:Aviation
Actual Event STart Date:31-December-1968
Actual Event End Date:31-December-1968

Dedication

Front Inscription
IN MEMORY OF THE CREW KILLED IN THE VISCOUNT CRASH 
31st DECEMBER 1968

Captain   Brian Bayley  
Co-Pilot Mike Nelson
Hostesses Georgette Bradshaw, Gail Sweetman  Kay Aubrey 

              HIGH FLIGHT
Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of earth,
Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds and done a thousand things
You have not dreamed of wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hovering there
I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air.
Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue
I've topped the windswept heights with easy grace
Where never lark or even eagle flew
And while with silent lifting mind I've trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings
                                                          John Magee


In loving memory of Michael Jeanette, Tania and Michael Nelson
Back Inscription
THIS MEMORIAL WAS MOVED FROM THE ORIGINAL CRASH SITE BECAUSE OF MINING ACTIVITY IN THE AREA AND IT WAS THOUGHT THAT THIS WOULD BE A MORE SERENE & BEAUTIFUL PLACE TO REMEMBER THOSE WHO DIED ON THAT FATEFUL DAY 
Indie Station 2004
Source: MA
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