In Western Australia on 31 December 1968. A MMA Viscount on a flight from Perth to Port Hedland lost most of a wing on approach. Apparently due to a maintenance error which caused fatigue cracks. Viscounts were effectively 'banned' from Australian operation afterwards as, if I remember correctly, inspection of other aircraft also showed fatigue crack problems.
I remember the crash as we were on holiday and the husband of one of the other families with us flew on MMA a lot and knew many of the cabin crew and was pretty upset at the time.
Remembering the 'horrific' day a Vickers Viscount dropped from the sky in WA, killing all 26 on boardIt was one of the worst plane crashes in Australian aviation history. Now, 50 years on, the memories of that fateful day are still fresh for pastoralist Colin Brierly who was first on the scene.www.abc.net.au
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