Date & Time: Oct 20, 1953
Type of aircraft:
De Havilland DH.84 Dragon
Cheviot Hills – Charters Towers
Crew on board:
Pax on board:
Shortly after takeoff from Cheviot Hill Aerodrome, while climbing to a height of 50 feet, the aircraft nosed down and crashed. The pilot Captain Martin Garrett and a passegner, Mrs. Kathleen O'Leary were killed. The Doctor Mr. O'Leary was injured while two other passengers, Mrs. King Lethbridge and her child were uninjured. The aircraft was involved in an ambulance flight to Charter Towers on behalf of the Royal Flying Doctor Service.
It was determined that the engine failed during initial climb.