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EvansMarshall + Collins Plaque
EvansMarshall + Collins Plaque
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The plaque commemorates John Evans, Alan Marshall & Gordon Collins who were accidentally killed in an aeroplane crash at Port Hedland on the 31st December 1968. 

On 31 December 1968 a Vickers Viscount aeroplanedeparted from Perth, Western Australia for a flight of 724 nautical miles (1341 kilometres) to Port Hedland. The aeroplane crashed 28 nautical miles (52 kilometres) short of its destination with the loss of all twenty-six people on board.  More than half of the right wing, from outboard of the inner engine to the wingtip, including the outer engine and its propeller, broke away from the rest of the aeroplane in flight and struck the ground a significant distance from the main wreckage.

Investigation by the Australian Department of Civil Aviation and British Aircraft Corporation concluded that a mysterious action during maintenance led to extensive fatigue cracking in the right wing spar. This accident remains the third worst in Australia's civil aviation history.

Location

Address:2 Norris Bell Avenue, National Road Transport Hall of Fame Memorial Garden, Alice Springs, 0870
State:NT
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -23.7775
Long: 133.868064
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Tragedy
Actual Event Start Date:31-December-1968
Actual Event End Date:31-December-1968

Dedication

Front Inscription

In memory of our three loyal drivers

Accidentally killed in a plane crash on 31st December 1968.

John Evans, Alan Marshall
Gordon Collins 

 

Source: MA
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