Initial findings into Victorian plane crash to be revealed

Air safety experts are due to reveal their initial findings into what caused a light plane to crash into a Melbourne shopping centre.

The preliminary findings will be released by Air safety experts into the incident, and they will also outline their next steps in the investigation.

Pilot Max Quartermain, and US tourists Greg Reynolds De Haven, Russell Munsch and Glenn Garland were on board when the light plane crashed into Essendon DFO and exploded on impact.


The indentity of the fourth US citizen is yet to be revealed.

The four men were heading to play golf at King Island when the Beechcraft Super King Air twin-engine plane seemed to suffer catastrophic engine failure just after take-off.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews confirmed the tragedy is the state’s worst aviation accident in 30 years.

ATSB investigators are expected to further examine the crash site and wreckage again today as well as the plane’s maintenance records, pilot training and other information as well as interview witnesses.

Reports suggest Mr Quartermain was previously investigated by the ATSB over a “near collision” with another plane in Mount Hotham in September 2015.

On the ATSB website there is information about the crash in question, but Mr Quartermain is not named as the responsible pilot.

The incident has also sparked debate over whether the airport, which is surrounded by homes, a major road and a shopping centre, should remain open.

It has reignited calls to consider community safety, after a plane crashed into a house killing six family members in 1978.

Premier Andrews told the media they will wait on the outcome of the investigation before addressing the issue.

It’s been reported Mr Quartermain was subject to an ongoing investigation by the ATSB in relation to a “near collision” with another plane in Mount Hotham in September 2015.

The ATSB website lists information about an a three times delayed investigation into a near-miss in Mount Hotham in September 2015, but does not name Mr Quartermain as the responsible pilot.

Essendon DFO is being assessed for structural flaws and will not reopen until Thursday at the earliest.

Crash witnesses have been urged to contact the ATSB on 1800 020 616.

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