View Full Version : Melbourne plane crash: Timeline of Victoria's 'worst civil aviation accident in 30 ye

February 20th, 2017, 10:40 PM
1:08pm February 21, 2017

8.30am: Beechcraft B200 King Air aircraft scheduled to leave Essendon Airport.

Just before 9am: Plane takes off from Essendon Airport and very shortly after the pilot makes two mayday distress calls reporting catastrophic engine failure.

The plane then veered and crashed into the DFO shopping centre near the Spotlight and Focus on Furniture stores.

The shopping centre was due to open at 10am.

A witnesses speaking to ABC Radio recalled seeing the plane come in “low and fast”.

9.20am: Tullamarine Freeway closed in both directions between English Street and Bell Street. Calder Freeway closed in both directions between McNamara Avenue and Bell Street.

9.26am: Victoria Police confirm emergency services are responding the plane crash.

More than 60 firefighters were on scene assessing the area for fire hot spots and structural damage.

9.31am: Ambulance Victoria attends the crash scene. It also confirmed the plane involved was not an Ambulance Victoria aircraft, contrary to early media reports.

10am: Spotlight store manager confirms to 9news.com.au that 20 staff members were inside the building at the time of the crash, but said all were accounted for

11.30am: The Australian Transport Safety Bureau sends four investigators to the crash scene.

11.50am: Tullamarine Freeway and Calder Freeway expected to be closed inbound right into the afternoon peak hour.

12.15pm: Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews addresses the media and confirms "a number of people" have died in the crash.

"A number of people have died as a result of what is the worst civil aviation accident that our state has seen for 30 years," Victorian premier Daniel Andrews said

12.30pm: Victoria Police Assistant Commissioner Stephen Leane advises there appears to have been no ground fatalities.

“At this stage the advice we have is there are no fatalities other than on the aircraft itself. At this very moment we have people speaking with relatives, so what I would ask is we are not prepared to release details in relation to that until we've had an opportunity to speak to relatives and for them to contact any other people they wish to and later in the day we will release details. [There were] five on the aircraft and looks like no-one has survived the crash," Commissioner Leane said.

1pm: Air crash investigators are calling on any witnesses to contact 1800 020 616.

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