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Wednesday, 3 June 1942

Senator CAMERON (Victoria) (Minister for Aircraft Production) . - On the 3rd June, Senator Lamp asked me as the Minister representing _ the Minister for Air, the following questions, upon notice : - 1". Does the Government intend to hold an inquiry into the loss of the Australian National Airways de Havilland Dragon Rapide _ aircraft Marika, near Flinders Island on Friday, the 29th May?

2.   If so, will the terms of reference include whether the maximum safety load of 5,000 odd pounds on one engine was progressively lowered with the age of the aircraft?

3.   What arrangements are being made to provide a service for the isolated districts of Flinders and King Islands?

The Minister for Air has supplied the following answer: -

1.   An investigation into this accident in accordance with regulation 123 (a) of the Air Navigation Regulations has already been commenced and a decision whether further inquiry is necessary will be made after the report of this investigation is received.

2.   The aspect raised by the honorable senator will be borne in mind during the investigations.

3.   Since the accident, air communication! to Flinders and King Islands have been maintained by the Douglas aircraft which normally operate dire.t to and from Tasmania calling at these islands en route.

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