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The monument commemorates twenty-nine people, mostly schoolchildren, who were killed in 1960 when their aeroplane crashed into the sea while approaching Mackay Airport.

Reports say the aeroplane couldn`t land at Mackay airport due to heavy fog and circled above the town for sometime. On its final attempt, it crashed into the sea killing all onboard. The impact on the town was devastating and the actions of the Mackay City Council in erecting a monument did much to soothe the immediate grief of the community.

The role this crash played in the use of flight recorder boxes is something that`s been largely ignored. After investigations were completed by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, black boxes then became mandatory in civil aviation.


Address:Petrie Street, Far Beach, Mackay, 4740
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -21.168993
Long: 149.195923
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Disaster
Actual Event Start Date:10-June-1960
Actual Event End Date:10-June-1960


Front Inscription

Erected to the memory of those who lost their lives in the tragic air disaster involving the loss of Fokker Friendship aircraft
VH-TFB "Abel Tasman" off this coast on Friday 10th June 1960.

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Source: MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au