40th Anniversary of Viscount Air CrashPrint Page
A memorial commemorates the 40th anniversary of Ansett Vickers Viscount 800 which crashed near Winton in 1966. The plaque from the cairn which was erected by Winton Jaycees at the site of the crash on Nadjayamba Station in 1967 is also on the memorial.
On 22 September 1966, a Vickers Viscount departed from Mount Isa, Queensland, Australia for a 73-minute flight to Longreach. Forty-four minutes after takeoff a fire started in one of the engines. The crew were unable to extinguish the fire or feather the propeller so made an emergency descent with the intention of landing at Winton, a small town along the route. The fire spread to the fuel tank and weakened the wing structure so that a large part of the left wing broke away and the aircraft crashed. All twenty-four occupants were killed. The accident remains the fifth-worst in Australia's civil aviation history.
|Address:||Elderslie Street, Winton, 4825|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -22.390148|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Actual Event STart Date:||22-September-1966|
|Actual Event End Date:||22-September-2006|
|Actual Monument Dedication Date:||Friday 22nd September, 2006|
This Memorial Commemorates The 40th Anniversary Of The Crash Of VISCOUNT VH-RMI AT NADJAYAMBA STATION
Unveiled By Cr. Bruce Collins ~ Mayor Of The Shire Of Winton
22nd September 2006
(photograph of Nadjayamba Station Cairn)
Nadjayamba Memorial Cairn Photographed 2006
Commissioned By Winton District Historical Society and Museum Inc With Assistance From
Corfield and Fitzmaurice Winton Tourism
Development Centre Association Inc.
Mount Isa Mines
Winton Shire Council
THIS CAIRN WAS ERECTED BY THE WINTON JAYCEES ON 24th SEPTEMBER 1967 IN MEMORY OF CREW
WHO DIED AS A RESULT OF VISCOUNT VH RM1 CRASHING ON THIS SITE AT 1.03 PM ON THURSDAY 22ND SEPTEMBER 1966