28 KILLED: SKYMASTER CRASH AT YORK WA.
One Survivor from A.N.A Flagship
Twenty - eight people were killed when the A.N.A. Skymaster Amana crashed near York 46
miles from Perth, last night.,
It was the worst disaster in the history of
Australian civil aviation.
The sole survivor, an elderly man, was found near the blazing wreckage with his clothing on fire and his body badly burned.
The four-engined airliner left Guildford Airport, near Perth at 9.45 p.m. western time for Sydney, by way of Adelaide and Melbourne. The wreckage was found in heavily-timbered country at 11.30 p.m.
Five crew members and 23 passengers were killed.
Captain Robert James Chapple,
39, of Beach St., Frankston, Victoria, married.
First Officer Raymond Harris
Willis, 25, of Beaver St. .Es- sendon, Victoria, married.
First Officer Victor Maurice
Trevitt, 29, Centre Rd., Clay- ton, Victoria, married with
Hostess Margaret Alison Eliza-
beth Britton, 23, stationed at
Hostess Jean Winsome Graham,
22, of Warren St., Pt. Pirie, South Australia.
The Rt. Rev. Bishop C. Murray,
Bishop of the Riverina, Bish- op's Lodge, Hay.
The Very Rev. Norman Blow,
Dean of Newcastle, The Dean- ery," Newcastle.
Miss M. McDougall, Outram St
West Perth .
Mr. G. Carmichael, Harvest Rd.,
Mrs. Ilona Borszeki and infant,
Northam Migration Camp,
Mr. D. Engler, Westbury Cres-
cent, Bicton, W.A.
Master Engler, 13, Westbury
Crescent, Bicton, W.A.
Mr. Stanislaus Pawlowski, Nor-
tham Migration Camp, W.A.
Mr. Joseph Boklak, Northam
Migration Camp, W.A.
Mr. Laszlo Orszag, Northam Mi-
gration Camp, W.A.
Mr. Pedro Capelette, seaman,
Mr. V. C. Anquetil, an execu-
tive of Charles Read, Prahran,
Mrs. J. W. Morrison, Bindaring
Parade, Swanbourne, W.A
Mrs.- G. Haese and infant, Ba-
gots Rd, Subiaco, W.A.
Mr. K. Douglas, Heath Road;
Mr. Tan Jee Hoe, a Chinese stu-
dent who arrived from Singa- pore on Saturday.
Mr. T. R. Graham (address not
known), c/o Bank of Austral- asia, Perth.
Miss V. D. M. McHenry, Bowen
St, Camberwell, Vic.
Mr. Ernest Stanley. Baker, Fer-
dinand Grove, Sydney.
Mr. V. Finegan, San Remo,
Balgowlah Rd., Balgowlah, Sydney.
Mr. G. H. Simpson, 24, Box 6,
The only survivor was Mr. Edgar W. Forwood.
The survivor, Frank Forwood,[this is wrong name]
an engineer, of Henley Beach,
South Australia, managed to stagger clear of the wreckage, when the plane crashed into the
forest near York.
Two men who live in the area, Geoff Inkpen and Frank Mac- namara, fought their way through the flames but found that there was no hope of res- cuing other passengers.
The airliner ripped aside heavy trees like match sticks. It cut a swathe 400 yards long and 22 yards wide through the forest and tore a deep trench in the
One of the engines was thrown 50 yards clear of the wreckage. The other three were scattered along the swathe cut through the
Survivor Thought He Was "Going To Die"
Mr. Edgar Forwood said to- day that as the plane hit the trees he thought he was going to
"Next thing I knew I was out- side the wreck," he said. "I rolled on the ground to put out the fire burning my clothes."
Messrs. Inkpen and Macna- mara found Mr. Forward in a dazed condition, and with his clothes alight, wandering near
Mr. Forwood was greatly re- lieved when his rescuers told him they had found his wallet. He was given morphia, and eight men carried him on a bush
stretcher to the nearest point to which an ambulance could be brought.
He was admitted to Royal Perth Hospital suffering from
burns to the hands, face and legs. His condition is serious.
The men carried Forwood, who was conscious all the time, shoul- der-high through the bush for
Police, ambulance officers, re- porters and farmers helped in the rescue. Forwood had occupied No. 29 seat in the plane, on the left side beside the edge of the wing.
Although Forwood s body and legs were badly burned, Perth Hospital reported this morning that his condition was fair.
The airliner left a burning trail of petrol, and some passen- gers and crew were thrown out as it plunged down.
The captain's body was thrown clear and was discovered this
"Like Lightning Flash"
Leonard Bruce Macnamara, a farmer who lives nine miles from York, his two sons, and Geoff Inkpen, also of York, seem to have been the only witnesses of
Macnamara said; "About 10.20 I heard the engine of a plane cutting out, and it seemed to be very close.
"I ran outside and saw a flam- ing mass in the sky. It lit up my farm like a lightning flash.
"It was obviously an aircraft on fire. It disappeared from view and I heard a loud explosion.
"I jumped into my utility truck and raced to inform York po-
Concern was first felt for the
airliner when it failed to report flight control at the first check- point on it's route.
At 10.25 p.m., flight control at Guildford Airport called the air- liner on standard and alternate frequencies, and also made calls to Northam and York police and to telephone subscribers on the route of the plane. Macnamaras report was then received.
Seen From Following Airliner
Early confirmation of the tra-
gedy came from a T.A.A. Sky- master which left Guildford 15 minutes after the Amana.
When the plane reached the vicinity of the blazing wreck the commander, Captain D. K. Mc- Donald, changed course and made
a close inspection.
In Melbourne McDonald said "Suddenly about 35 miles ahead, dead on my course, I saw a vivid flash of yellow light like a bolt of lightning.
"It mushroomed up and linger- ed over the horizon for about six
McDonald added that the path cut through the trees showed that the plane had crashed on to a 1,000 feet slope before its 2,500 gallons of petrol exploded.
Flagship Of Fleet
Flagship of the A.N.A. fleet, the Amana was the first Skymas- ter to operate on an Australian
It was the first crash by a big modern four-engined airliner in
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