11
Mai
2005

Another Bio Scientist Killed

From: AAP

Crash scene

Crash wreckage is shown in this picture provided by police.

ONE of Australia´s leading scientists and a pioneering policewoman are among the 15 victims of the nation´s worst plane crash in almost 40 years. Police today said all aboard the Fairchild Metroliner III aircraft were killed when it crashed and exploded in flames yesterday near the Lockhart River Aboriginal community in Cape York, in far north Queensland.

The plane smacked into a 500m high, tree covered hillside on approach to Lockhart River airstrip on a flight from Bamaga at the tip of Cape York.

Although there was rain, low cloud and strong wind at the time, the two pilots had not reported problems. Investigators said it was too early to determine the cause of the crash.

The aircraft´s flight recorder has been recovered and it will be taken to Canberra for analysis.

Among the dead was Dr David Banks, 55, the principal scientist with quarantine authority Biosecurity Australia.

He was in north Queensland doing work for the northern Australian quarantine strategy, which aims to protect the country from pests and diseases that can enter the country from more northern nations.

//www.news.com.au/story/0,10117,15217154-2,00.html


Informant: Dani Djinn


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