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Sixteen feared dead as plane wreckage found
May 7, 2005 - 5:26PM

Sixteen people are feared dead after the burnt-out wreckage of a plane was found in far north Queensland late today.

Police have confirmed wreckage of the plane was found just before 5pm, about nine kilometres north-west of Iron Range airport on the Cape York Peninsula.

The plane was burnt out and they were trying to ascertain if there were any survivors.

It has been confirmed that there were 14 passengers and two crew on board.

The plane was travelling from Bamaga, near the tip of the Cape York Peninsula, but failed to arrive at Lockhart River around 1pm today.

A team of Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) investigators were on their way to Cairns tonight and would reach the crash scene tomorrow morning.

"As far as our investigations is concerned we may be able to give a statement tomorrow afternoon," an ATSB spokesman said.

The spokesman said if the aircraft had a blackbox recorder it would need to be taken to Canberra for analysis which could take some time.

The plane is believed to have been chartered or was owned by a company associated with the passengers on board.


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