Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Plane Wreckage Retrieved

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Plane Wreckage Retrieved

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Byline: HAMISH BROOME hamish.broome@northernstar.com.au

POLICE divers spent hours on the bottom of the Clarence River at Ewingar yesterday attempting to recover pieces of wreckage from the Maule M-5 light plane, which came to grief there on Saturday.

After a painstaking operation lasting all day, the plane was finally dragged from its resting place and towed upstream to a waiting truck at about 5pm.

The job started about 10am from Yates Crossing - a shallow causeway about 3km upstream - where a flat-bottomed SES boat borrowed from Lismore was launched into the Clarence to venture downstream to the crash site.

The wreck lay in a still section of the river about 20 metres wide, marked by the tyres of the upturned plane and an outline of its underside in the murky water.

It appeared in one piece, but random bits of wreckage were in fact strewn across the river bottom.

At first the three divers spent about an hour taking photos of the wreck site in preparation for the recovery. …

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