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The plaque commemorates Richard Deegan, Joan Gibbons, Ben Macklewicz, Neil Marshall, Peter Olsen, Wendy Olsen, Teresa Pawlik, Chris Schuppan, who lost their lives in the Whyalla Air Crash on 31 May 2000.

The aircraft was a Piper Chieftain, VH-MZK, operated by Whyalla Airlines.

Whyalla Airlines Flight 904 was a scheduled commuter flight, operated by a Piper Chieftain which crashed while attempting to ditch in the Spencer Gulf, South Australia after suffering failures of both engines on the evening of 31 May 2000. All 8 people on board the aircraft were killed as a result of the accident. The findings of a subsequent investigation by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau highlighting the airline's operating procedures as a key factor leading to the accident were later overturned after they were contradicted by evidence presented at a Coronial inquiry into the deaths of those on board the flight.The safety implications arising from the accident were subject to a recall by engine manufacturer Textron Lycoming which saw close to 1000 aircraft grounded worldwide while defects were rectified at an estimated cost of $A66 million. Australia's aviation regulator, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority also mandated lifejackets be carried on all aircraft operating over water after the crash.


Address:Buttlingarra Way, Ada Ryan Gardens, Whyalla, 5608
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.039538
Long: 137.588933
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Disaster
Actual Event Start Date:31-May-2000
Actual Event End Date:31-May-2000


Front Inscription

In Memory Of
Those Who Lost Their Lives
In The Whyalla Airline Crash
On May 31st 2000
And To Those
Who Lost Their Loved Ones

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Remembered By The Community Of Whyalla


Source: MA
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