The Western Star front page of October 3, 1989.
The Western Star front page of October 3, 1989.

Eerie similarities with earlier Roma plane crash

MONDAY'S plane crash in Roma had eerie similarities with another fatal crash that happened in the locality 24 years ago on September 28, 1989.

The two men in Monday's crash were flying to Cloncurry to inspect cattle while five men who died in 1989 were returning from a cattle sale in Longreach.

Just as in Monday's crash, the men in the earlier crash were all well known in the cattle industry.

There was another strange co-incidence that linked the two crashes.

Among the dead was Wallumbilla grazier Wilson Millar who had formerly owned the Tecoma property north of Wallumbilla. Until recent times, that property was operated by Wallco Pastoral Co, owned by the pilot in Monday's plane crash, cattleman John Quintana.  

The September 28 1989 Crash

The Western Star of October 3, 1989 reported the crash of a twin-engined Beechcraft Baron at "Dakota" 20km north of Roma killing all five men aboard. 

The five that died in the 1989 crash were pilot Fred Rossi (Roma), grazier Wilson Millar (Wallumbilla), Dalgety Winchcombe livestock salesman Noel Allom (Roma) and Elders pastoral staff Bruce Temple (Wallumbilla) and Max McCauley (Eidsvold).

Their plane came from Longreach and was making a routine landing at Roma airport when it went missing. There was no Mayday message. According to air traffic investigators, the aircraft had flown into trees while in a shallow descent.

Then Premier and member for Roma Russell Cooper said he and his wife Penny knew several of the men in the crash and the tragedy would have a profound effect on many people in the Roma area.

The March 25 2013 Crash

The Western Star of March 26 reported the crash of a Cessna 210 which left Roma airport at 5.25am the day before crashing in a field 2km north of the airport.

The pilot was beef identity and former rodeo star John Quintana and the passenger was Ray White Livestock Australia CEO Paul "Charlie" Maher and they were travelling to Cloncurry 

There was no distress message and air traffic inspectors have begun an investigation



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