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FOUR KILLED IN AIR CRASH

Two Bodies Taken from Sea

 MELBOURNE, Friday.-When a small air-liner crashed into the sea near the coast of Flinders Island this morning, the pilot and three passengers were killed.

The aircraft was the twin-engined de Havilland Dragon Rapide of Australian National Airways which has for some time maintained the island service of the company, flying between Essendon and Launceston.

The pilot was Captain Charles R. G. Weston, married, of Rock Brook Road. East, St. Kilda. The passengers were Mr. H. Seise, of the staff of Amalgamated Wireless (A'sia), Ltd., a member of the R.A.A.F., L.A.C. Henry David Leaman, of Hobart, and a member of the Australian military forces.

It is understood that Mr. Seise was travelling across Bass Strait to take up duty as a wireless operator at a radio station.

The air-liner left Essendon at 8.15 a.m. to fly to Launceston, and was to call a Flinders Island

Soon after 10 a.m. a radio message was received from the pilot, in which he stated that he was proceeding to land on the aerodrome at Pats River, a few miles north of Whitemark,

No further message was received, and an immediate search was begun, the badly damaged machine being located in the sea off the west coast of the Island.

Up to to-night two of the bodies had been recovered.

Captain Weston, who was aged about 27 had been a pilot with Australian National Airways for about two years. He was stationed for some time at Mascot. New South Wales, and had acted as co-pilot in the Douglas aircraft of the company, flying over the whole of the interstate network.

Sydney Morning Herald 30 May 1942 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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