THE LOSS OF MACCHI A7-018  

On the morning of Tuesday 5th April 1988 A7-018 departed off Runway 18 on an instrument training sortie only to have an engine failure upwind.   After a brief relight the engine failed again and Squadron Leader (SqnLdr) Frank Atkins decided it was time to leave.   He jettisoned the canopy and Pilot Officer Andrew Richardson ejected safely from the rear. SqnLdr Atkins followed very shortly from the front leaving A7-018 to crash into the nature reserve below.

With a full load of fuel A7-018 started quite a blaze which presented a challenge to the Fire Fighters and ensured we would not be getting a Christmas card from the Conservation and Land Management folks that year.   The fire continued for quite a few hours fanned by the strong easterly wind (and the downdraft from the media helicopters) but in the end the RAAF Fire Crew prevailed.


On the morning of Tuesday 5th April 1988 A7-018 departed off Runway 18 on an instrument training sortie only to have an engine failure upwind. After a brief relight the engine failed again and Squadron Leader (SqnLdr) Frank Atkins decided it was time to leave. He jettisoned the canopy and Pilot Officer Andrew Richardson ejected safely from the rear. SqnLdr Atkins followed very shortly from the front leaving A7-018 to crash into the nature reserve below.

With a full load of fuel A7-018 started quite a blaze which presented a challenge to the Fire Fighters and ensured we would not be getting a Christmas card from the Conservation and Land Management folks that year. The fire continued for quite a few hours fanned by the strong easterly wind (and the downdraft from the media helicopters) but in the end the RAAF Fire Crew prevailed.


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