Maranoa Regional Council will consider allowing a plaque to be installed to honour a late pilot, who lost his life in a freak aviation accident.
Maranoa Regional Council will consider allowing a plaque to be installed to honour a late pilot, who lost his life in a freak aviation accident.

Council to consider memorial plaque at airport for killed pilot

A LIGHT aircraft travelling from Augathella to Roma faced an issue that resulted in a fatal crash into a paddock at 6.45pm, September 22, 1981.

Forty-one years later, the Maranoa Regional Council is set to discuss an idea to put a memorial plaque at the Roma Airport to honour a pilot who lost his life in the crash.

The council received a request from the family of the killed pilot to erect the plaque on the fence near the location of the incident.

While the memorial plaque cannot obstruct any regulatory signage or impede access to important areas, the wooden plaque is intended to be placed along the nearby fence using a chain and D shackles.

It will measure 50cm long and 29cm wide.

The plaque will be paid for by the applicant.

The Bureau of Air Safety Investigation conducted a report on December 14, 1982 said the cause of the accident wasn’t determined but fatigue and lack of experience were contributing factors.

Three people lost their lives, including two passengers, when the Beech C24R’s lights going off and engine failing just prior to the tragic crash.

The matter will be voted on at the council’s meeting tomorrow, October 28.


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