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The James Clay accident

Old 13th May 2015, 07:26
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The James Clay accident

Cessna 320D VH-CPP crashed enroute Bankstown to Coolangatta in 1970 - I believe the aircraft was finally located in 1984. Is this correct? Does anyone have any details/the location please?
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Old 13th May 2015, 09:52
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If you haven't already, have a read of this

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Tipsy:

Thanks, I've read this - but when the report was published in 1972 the aircraft was still missing.

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Ta, mate! The only reference I have to the discovery in 1984 is an OldFlier's Group lecture - see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_K1YejTkV-E

But you might be remembering my story of visiting a house behind Murwillumbah around 1998 (we were looking to buy a property in the area then) and seeing some battered Cessna instruments on a shelf...
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Hi Dora,

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Crash site

Have been to the crash site.Twas growing up in Lismore and made news for some time. A few kept searching for years. Was found by a forestry worker, thought it was a dumped car. Was called Hidden Valley or Lost Valley and was not searched per local rag Northern Star. Have some poor quality pics somewhere. Have seen a home made movie of persons sitting at controls. He was tracking where he should have been just not enough altitude, under cloud no doubt, like so many hit a tree, had he been 20-50 ft higher he would have made it over that hump, but had a few more in front of him to get to Coolie. The top of the tree he hit was lying next to the wreckage and a mound of soil where he went in hard. Flew over that exact spot at less than 100' many times in a Helo and pilot and I always use to say there's an aircraft down there somewhere. From the VH MDX thread old wrecks hard to visualise. With MDX someone will come across it one day.

North of Rocky Ck Dam near Whian Whian state forest. Travel to Minyon Falls take Peates Mtn Rd travel west , and just past the old Rd that goes to the former Fire Twr/Peates Mtn. Older hands may remember the old Peates Myn Fire Twr which may have been a visual reference.

The 1st track (no longer on topo's) to the west of Peates Mtn Yower rd ,which runs north off Peates Mtn Rd. The sites is just 100-200m or so in there.

Approx, I say again approx E152.21.995 S28.34.395 from memory (did.mm.mmm).
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Thank you, Mick.
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Mick . . ..have you gone to the 1937 Stinson crash site? My intention is to trek in from Christmas Creek side pretty soon.
Not that will be much to see. Just to pay a sort of homage.
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