Shortcomings In Equipment And Organisation Hinted RUNWAY NOT BLAMED Rec. noon. SYDNEY, this day. Commenting on the air disaster at Mascot on Thursday evening, Captain P. G. Taylor, tiie distinguished Australian airman, said the captain of the aircraft was of exceptional ability and experience as a pilot. He was certain the pilot would have done the best that could be done in the circumstances.
"Tragedies of this kind will occur as long as the individual, both in the air and on the ground, is expected to make up for the shortcomings of the equipment and organisation with which he is loyally serving," added Captain Taylor.
It is officially stated that limited runway take-off at Mascot was not the cause of the crash. The plane was airborne when the crash occurred.- The runway, now 4900 ft, was adequate for the loading the plane carried. The runway is being lengthened to 6000 ft, and will be completed in six weeks.
Twelve lives were lost when a Royal Air Force Transport Command plane crashed soon after taking off from Mascot aerodrome on Thursday night. The crew of six and six passengers were killed instantly. The crash was the worst air disaster that has occurred in Sydney.
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AIR DISASTER, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 171, 21 July 1945
AIR DISASTER Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 171, 21 July 1945
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