WIRRAWAY CRASH AT
EVIDENCE BY LIFESAVERS
BRISBANE. Feb. 20 - The
inquest Into the R.A.A.F. Wir- . raway crash on Maroochydore beach on December 30, when three persons were killed and 14 injured, was opened at Nambour to-day before the acting-Coroner (Mr. A. M. Taylor).
Lifesaver witnesses said the manoeuvres of the plane did not suggest that the pilot was stunt- ing when the machine crashed
Lifesaver R. A. Perren, of Nam- bour, who was on a surf board on the water's edge when the plane crashed, said the plane came along the beach as if it intended to "machine-gun the shark tower."
Perren said that before the crash he saw both of the air- craft's crew looking down to a spot as if they had seen a shark.
Perren told Sub-Inspector Buggy that at the height it was flying he, did not think the air- craft was endangering lives.
Lifesaver R. J. Lister, of Nam- bour, who was on patrol duty on the main surfing beach where the Wirraway crashed, said he saw no shark warning signal from the plane. He did not see anything risky in the way the plane was flying along the water.
THREE STILL IN HOSPITAL Detective-Sergeant Bateman told the Coroner to-day that three victims of the crash, were still in hospital, they were the pilot, Flight-Lieutenant H. W. Thwaites (27), of Salisbury, (compound fracture of the right leg), Beryl Jane Borea (32), of Innisfail, (left foot amputated and compound fracture of the right leg), and Merle Vinnicombe (13), of Haw- thorne (compound fracture of both ankles).
Bateman told the Coroner that so far as hs knew, no blame for the crash was attached to any- one.
The inquest was adjourned, and will be resumed in Brisbane on Thursday.