ALLEGED DEFECT IN ELEVATOR
OF A.N.A. PLANE
Several days before the A.N.A. machine crashed at Redesdale (Vic), causing the death of 10 persons, a definite crack in por- tion of the elevator was pointed out to him by R.A.A.F. me- chanics. This was alleged to- day by Mr. Clark, M.P., who said that he had travelled to Broken Hill in the machine.
Three R.A.A.F. mechanics had joined the plane at Mildura and on arrival at Broken Hill, one said to him: "Well, we're lucky to get here; have a look at that elevator." He looked at the machine and the me- chanic showed him a small but definite crack in the elevator.
They said they noticed it at Mil- dura but had said nothing so as not to alarm the passengers, added Mr. Clark. He advised them to tell the pilot if they thought it was serious but he did not know if they had be- cause he left the aerodrome by car.
He reported the matter to the Min- ister for Air and gave the names of the mechanics in case they were called for evidence at the inquiry,
added Mr. Clark.
The managing director of A.N.A. (Captain Ivan Holyman) said he was astounded that such a statement as that of Mr. Clark's should have been made.
"It is impossible for such a thing to exist," said Captain Holyman." "The Stinson was thoroughly exam- ined the day before and again the night before her last trip and a cer- tificate was given.
"I cannot imagine," he continued, "any R.A.A.F. personnel going aboard if there was the slightest de-