Throwback Thursday; Crash of the RAAF F-86 Sabre, by Amy Theodore / by Amy Theodore

 source: theherald.com.au

source: theherald.com.au

Heading back in time to August 16, 1966, the suburb of The Junction was in the news spotlight when a RAAF F-86 Sabre crashed into the inner city area. The pilot of the aircraft, Flying Officer Warren William Goddard, had experienced engine troubles and had been trying to fly the plane out to the Pacific Ocean in order to prevent civilians from being injured. He ejected himself from the aircraft as it exploded, but his parachute failed to deploy and he did not survive as he was hurled 300ft and crashed through the roof of a house. Mr Goddard had been taking part in a night training exercise when he flew through a cloud at 7500 feet and then emerged from it diving at a low altitude. Though most of the wreckage fell in the shopping area of the suburb, nobody was seriously injured or killed. Only three people were taken to hospital, two for shock and one for a chest injury received after being hit by a piece of the wreckage. In 2007, a memorial was placed to honour the fallen pilot who was only 20 years old at the time of his death.

 

 

 source: theherald.com.au

source: theherald.com.au

 source: theherald.com.au

source: theherald.com.au