Thursday, 26 January 2017

Two killed in Australia Day Air Display

A Grumman G-73 Mallard flying boat was destroyed when it hit the water of Swan River in Perth, Western Australia late this afternoon. The aircraft was flying a display during the Australia Day City of Perth Air Show. The aircraft lost altitude in a turn and impacted the water nose down. The aircraft broke up on impact. Both occupants suffered fatal injuries.
Lord Mayor of Perth Lisa Scaffidi said the Skyworks  planed for tonight had been cancelled "Due to the operational need to conserve the integrity of the site and in respect for those killed and as per operational directives for such occurrences".
People have been urged to cancel their plans to approach the wider city area, with those already around the foreshore asked to leave.

Aircraft Information
Aircraft: Grumman G-73 Mallard
Operator: Private
Registration: VH-CQA
Serial Number: J-35
First Flew: 1948
Age: 69 Years

Here is a few pictures of the aircraft I took at an airshow last year.

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