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WRECKAGE IDENTIFIED AS PART OF MISSING AIRCRAFT

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w re c k a g e r e c o v e r e d fro m t h e s e a n e a r P o r t S te p h e n s a s p a r t e f

t h e w ing o f a l i g h t a i r c r a f t m is s in g s in c e i t d i s a p p e a r e d o n a .

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no s u b s t a n t i a t e d r e p o r t s t h a t i t w as s i g h t e d a g a i n .

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o f m e ta l s k i n fro m t h e s t a r b o a r d w ing o f a n a i r c r a f t w h ile

t r a w l i n g i n a b o u t 45 fa th o m s o f w a t e r a b o u t 5 m ile s e a s t - n o r t h ­

e a s t o f B ro u g h t on I s l a n d s on A u g u st 1. '

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r e g i s t r a t i o n l e t t e r s VH- c l e a r l y v i s a b l e an d a n o t h e r i n d i s t i n c t

l e t t e r , l a t e r i d e n t i f i e d a s 1 S 1. The r e g i s t r a t i o n num ber e f t h e

m is s in g a i r c r a f t was VH-SMT. R e p a ir w ork on t h e w re ck a g e h a s

b e e n p o s i t i v e l y i d e n t i f i e d a s w ork c a r r i e d o u t on th e s te ir b o a r d

w ing o f t h e m is s in g a i r c r a f t .

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t h a t t h e l o c a t i o n o f t h e w re ck a g e w as n o t i n c o n s i s t e n t w i t h t h e

p o s s i b l e f l i g h t p a th o f t h e a i r c r a f t b u t t h a t th e w re ck a g e d i d ;

n o t g iv e any p o s i t i v e i n d i c a t i o n o f w here o r how t h e a i r c r a f t

w as l o s t .

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a i r c r a f t fle w a t o t a l o f 264 h o u r s and s e v e r a l a r e a s w ere s e a r o h ^ u

by g ro u n d p a r t i e s . A re a s b e tw e e n B an k sto w n an d C o ffs H a rb o u r,

from 20 m il e s e a s t o f t h e c o a s t and 40 m il e s i n l a n d w ere s e a r c h e d

many tim e s and a l s o a r e a s a lo n g t h e H u n te r R iv e r V a lle y from

N e w c a s tle t o beyond S i n g l e t o n .

A D e p artm en t o f C i v i l A v i a t i o n o f f i c i a l i n

M elbourne s a i d t h e f i n d s t r e n g t h e n e d t h e p o s s i b i l i t y t h a t t h e

a i r c r a f t c r a s h e d i n t o th e s e a b u t d id n o t m a t e r i a l l y a d v a n c e

t h e i n v e s t i g a t i o n .

1 5 th A u g u st 1963.

CANBERRA. P.M.