News

Crash report expected

THE family and friends of six people killed in a plane crash on the Sunshine Coast hinterland may finally learn the truth a year after their deaths.
THE family and friends of six people killed in a plane crash on the Sunshine Coast hinterland may finally learn the truth a year after their deaths.

THE family and friends of six people killed in a plane crash on the Sunshine Coast hinterland may finally learn the truth a year after their deaths.

The Australian Transport and Safety Bureau's final report is expected to be released at the start of next month, detailing why the vintage 1934 de Havilland DH84 Dragon bi-plane crashed on October 1 last year.

Pilot Des Porter, 69, his wife, Kath Porter, 61, John and Carol Dawson, both 63, and Les and Jan Devlin, 75 and 61, were all killed in the crash 36km south-west of Gympie.

A preliminary investigation detailing the flight history, weather forecast, witness reports and aircraft information was released in November last year.

The report found the aircraft had departed a vintage aircraft show in Monto, with six persons on board, after organisers were forced to bring the event to an early close due to bad weather.

The pilot, Mr Porter, later reported entering thick cloud and requested assistance from air traffic control to help him exit the conditions.

After a while, communication with the aircraft was lost.

It took two days for more than a dozen helicopters to find the wreckage.

It was believed Mr Porter - who survived a plane crash that killed his father and brother as a boy - crashed after becoming disoriented in the cloud.

A four-member ATSB team of investigators worked alongside police sifting through the crash scene at upper Kandanga for several days, describing the wreckage as "not in a condition that you would recognise as a plane".

They said only the plane's two engines and propellers, as well as a number of aircraft instruments, were found intact.

Several electrical and communication devices - some believed to be mobile phones taken on board by the passengers - were also examined.

The plane's GPS circuit board was recovered, but at the time the investigators feared the impact had damaged the board and the data could have been affected.

The final report is expected to detail the final moments before the plane crashed.

Gympie Times

Topics:  crash, des porter



Third crash causes traffic delays

Two cars crashed at the intersection of Maryborough and Electra Streets.

Three crashes in one day has kept police busy

No charges over photos of baby with drugs on chest

SAFE: The photo at the centre of the social media storm.

Police continue to investigate Facebook photos

Mystery over mass kill of animals at Botanic Gardens

DEAD IN THE WATER: Birds, turtles, eels and lizards are dying in alarming numbers at the Botanic Gardens in North Bundaberg.

Mystery over why animals are dropping dead at Botanic Gardens

Local Partners

Carlos Santana added to Bluesfest 2017 line up

Carlos Santana at Bluesfest 2013.

Calling all local black magic women

Disney to remake 'The Lion King', and it's live-action

The Lion King is coming back to movie theatres

And this time it's going to be live-action.

The Dixie Chicks to headline 2017 CMC Rocks festival

US country music group The Dixie Chicks.

ORGANISERS move festival dates to lock in US country music stars.

What's on the big screen this week

Denzel Washington in a scene from the movie The Magnificent Seven.

DENZEL Washington returns in a shoot-em-up Western.

Our funny bachelor bows out

The Bachelorette contestant Aaron Brady from Golden Beach. Supplied by Channel 10.

COAST marketing executive eliminated from The Bachelorette.

RECAP: The Bachelorette S2E3 - Which picnic date is better?

The Bachelorette Georgia Love, centre, with her top 11 bachelors.

Lee and Matt get some one-on-one time with Georgia.

$40million hotel, shops development project for Mackay

Mt Pleasant hotel and retirement accommodation, proposed at 194-202 Malcomson St.

$40m development to take Mackay to 'the next level'

Developers boost confidence in Bundaberg property market

Slow and steady growth has always been Bundaberg’s way

Property 200m from ocean selling for just over $100K

BEACHCOMBER PARK: Work has started on a new $19.2 million development at Toogoom.

The estate's developer is offering huge discounts for early buyers.

UPDATE: Former rodeo champ's sale rained out, now back on

Larkhill local Ken Consiglio is having an auction of most of the things on his property.

'People kept showing up and we had to turn them away'

First stages of $25 million housing development underway

New development on Madsen Rd - The Springs.

The blocks of land are much bigger than usual

Couple build their own 'tiny house' for $45k

Holly Bowen and Oli Bucher built their "tiny house" themselves, only hiring a plumber and an electrician. Photo/supplied

The house, which is built on a trailer and can be towed.