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Robert Copas + Lace Maxwell Memorial Plaque
Robert Copas + Lace Maxwell Memorial Plaque

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Commemorates Robert Copas and Lace Maxwell who lost their lives in a flying accident at Luskintyre Airfield in the Hunter Valley in 1994. The aircraft had been flown from Brisbane to Luskintyre to carry out a series of joy flights over the weekend. At the completion of those flights it was configured for a wing-walking demonstration in which, during flight, a person would stand strapped to a demountable frame installed above the fuel tank on the upper wing centre section.

After lift-off, a climb was made at a low airspeed. At approximately 150 ft above the ground, the aircraft`s engine lost power. The aircraft commenced a turn to the left, the turn continuing to develop until the aircraft`s nose dropped. The aircraft then descended steeply into the ground, caught fire, and was destroyed. Both pilot and passenger were fatally injured.

Location

Address:Beatty Road, Gods Acre Cemetery, Archerfield, 4108
State:QLD
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -27.571944
Long: 153.013889
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Disaster
Sub-Theme:Aviation
Actual Event STart Date:01-May-1994
Actual Event End Date:01-May-1994

Dedication

Front Inscription

ROBERT AND LACE / In proud and loving memory of / ROBERT COPAS and LACE MAXWELL / Who lost their lives in a flying accident / At Luskintyre Airfield / In the Hunter Valley /  On 1st May 1994

Source: MA
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