VH-RMQ Vickers 720C Viscount
This was originally TAA's VH-TVB
delivered in late
1954, and sold to Ansett in October 1962
becoming VH-RMQ.. Greg Banfield's shot of it (above) was taken at
Mascot in July 1964. It
was leased to MacRobertson Miller Airlines in September,
1968 who renamed it 'Quininup'.
Immeduiately below are photos from the Geoff Goodall collection of it
at Perth Airport, both
and in pieces. On New Year's Eve
(31 Dec 1968)
the aircraft was operating flight 1750
Perth at 08:29 for
a flight to Port Hedland. The flight climbed to FL190, en-
turbulence. The last radio contact was at 11:34
reported 30 DME south of Port Hedland,
descending from 7000 feet.
The aircraft was seen to
rapidly and steeply
a little later.
The wreckage was found 28 miles from Port Hedland.
the accident was given as
"fatigue endurance of the starboard inner main spar
substantially reduced by the
insertion of a flared bush at station 143 when the
retirement life specified for such booms did not ensure that
would achieve its
retirement life in the presence of such a defect."
starboard wing fell off due to improper maintenance/inspection of the
main spar. All
gers and the crew of 5