Airplane Crash - Port Hedland, Wa, Australia 12/31/1968

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - Port Hedland, WA, Australia


Date12/31/1968
Time08:30
LocationPort Hedland, WA, Australia
OperatorMaRobertson-Miller Airlines
Flight #1750
RoutePerth - Port Hedland
TypeVickers Viscount 720
RegistrationVH-RMQ
Cn/In045
Aboard26
Fatalities26
Ground0
SummaryLast radio contact from the aircraft was at 11:34 local 30 DME south of Port Hedland in moderate turbulence. The aircraft was seen descending rapidly. Wreckage was found 28 south of Port Hedland. The accident was caused by a crack originating at a bolt hole in the wing spar. Also, it was found that someone had carried out an incorrect procedure on the spar, by forcing an oversize bush into the housing of the lower spar boom, resulting in damage which exacerbated the spread of the hairline fracture.

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