Australian Cessna Crash Kills Two Local Celebrities

Monday, March 25, 2013
By George Hatcher

On March 25, a Cessna T210N Turbo Centurion crashed at 5:30 a.m. in a paddock two miles from Roma Airport, Queensland. Two people were aboard, bull rider John Quintana, and the national head of Ray White’s Livestock business, Charlie Maher, both of whom died on the scene. On impact, an emergency beacon activated.

There was a 500 meter debris field. Rescue Co-ordination Centre in Canberra alerted police. Fire crews were called and Careflight but no one survived the crash.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau is investigating the crash site at Hartley Lane in Orange Hill to begin their investigation.

Investigation title:
Collision with terrain involving Cessna T210N, VH-MEQ, 2 km west of Roma Airport, Queensland on 25 March 2013
ATSB Investigation # AO-2013-057
The ATSB is investigating a fatal aircraft accident involving a Cessna T210N that occurred on 25 March 2013 near Roma, Queensland.
Soon after takeoff, the aircraft collided with terrain. The two occupants died in the accident and the aircraft was destroyed.

A team of four investigators will arrive at the accident site tonight to begin the on-site investigation.

The team comprises experts in engineering, materials failure and aircraft operations.

While onsite, the team will be:

  • examining and photographing the wreckage and any ground scars
  • interviewing witnesses
  • examining aircraft documents.

The team is expected to be onsite for around four days.
If you have any information about the accident, please call the ATSB on 1800 020 616.

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