AMANA SOUVENIR-HUNTERS FORCE FARMER TO ACT From today all gates on the Berry Brow property, near York, leading to the wreckage of the airliner Amana, which crashed on June 26 with the loss of 29 lives, are to be padlocked and closed to the public.
The owner of the property, Mr. G. Inkpen, has decided to take this action as a result of damage caused by the persis tent efforts of thousands of sightseers to reach the isolated scene of the crash. Gates have been left open and all warnings that trespassers are liable to prosecution have been ignored. Mr. Inkpen said yesterday that be had asked car parties to turn back but without avail, and on a number of occasions gates had been left open. As a result, straying stock could have been lost in the dense bush or have died from eating poisonous grasses outside the fences. Although the Department of Civil Aviation was maintaining a continuous guard of two per sons at the crash, with instruc tions to turn back all unauth orised persons, Mr. Inkpen said, souvenir-seekers had been busy. He had found a pair of charred shoes on the track miles from the crash which had
obviously been dropped by some person who suddenly had had a qualm of conscience. It is unlikely that the Air Court of Inquiry into the dis aster will be held for some months at least. Until then the wreckage must be kept intact, but later it is probable that bulldozers will be used to gouge out a large hole on the side of the hill where the plane crashed and all the wreckage buried.