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Lockhart River Air Disaster Memorial : 17-09-2012
Lockhart River Air Disaster Memorial : 17-09-2012

Photographs supplied by John Huth / Russell Byers

A monument commemorates the victims of the Lockhart River Plane Crash of 2005.

The Lockhart River air disaster occurred at 11:44 am on 7 May 2005. The aircraft, registered VH-TFU, owned by Transair Ltd and operated by Aerotropics, was on approach to land at Lockhart River Airport in far-north Queensland, Australia when it struck the ridge known as South Pap, 6 nautical miles (11 kilometres) north-east of the Airport.

All fifteen on board died as the aircraft was completely destroyed by impact forces and subsequent fire. The flight was returning from Bamaga on Cape York to the regional centre of Cairns. It was the worst air crash in Australia in 36 years since MacRobertson Miller Airlines Flight 1750 on 31 December 1968.


Address:Airport Road, Iron Range Airport, Lockhart River, 4871
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -12.785737
Long: 143.30654
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Disaster
Actual Event Start Date:07-May-2005
Actual Event End Date:07-May-2005


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:May-2006
Front Inscription

In memory of the 2 crew and 13 passengers 
who tragically lost their lives in the air 
disaster of the 7th May 2005 when the
Metroliner VH-TFU, en route from Bamaga
 to Cairns, crashed on 'South Pap' Iron Range, 
approximately 11 kilometres from this site.

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May they rest in peace

Source: MA
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