Maroochy air crash

The Maroochy air crash was an aircraft accident that occurred at 11.10am on 30 December 1950 at Maroochydore beach, Queensland, Australia. Three children were killed and fourteen others were seriously injured as a result of the accident.[1]

Maroochy air crash
Maroochy air crash site.jpg
wreckage of A20-212
Date30 December 1950
SummaryBeach air crash
SiteMaroochydore, Queensland, Australia
Aircraft typeCAC Wirraway
OperatorRoyal Australian Air Force
Flight originRedcliffe, Queensland
DestinationNoosa, Queensland
Fatalities3 (on beach)
Injuries14 (on beach)
Survivors2 (flight crew)

CAC Wirraway Serial Number A20-212 of the Royal Australian Air Force had been circling between Maroochydore and Alexandra Headland during a routine shark patrol when it suddenly banked steeply and crashed onto the crowded beach in front of the Maroochydore Surf Life Saving Club. The pilot and his observer survived the impact of the crash.


On 9 March 2013, a 2.4-metre 'Maroochy Air Crash Memorial' was erected at the site in memory of those killed and injured.[2]


  1. ^ "Site marks plane crash". Sunshine Coast Daily News - Patrick Williams. 29 December 2010. Retrieved 30 December 2010.
  2. ^ "Shirley remembers losing brother". Sunshine Coast Daily News - Mark Bode. 31 December 2010. Retrieved 31 December 2010.

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Coordinates: 26°39.533′S 153°06.195′E / 26.658883°S 153.103250°E / -26.658883; 153.103250