Two hospitalised after plane crashes

November 11, 2017

The Moama Post Office in 1929. Credit to the State Library of Victoria.

■ Ten years ago

Friday, November 9, 2007

TWO men are in hospital in Melbourne with serious burns after their auto-gyro plane crashed yesterday evening at Echuca aerodrome.

The men, a pilot and student, were attempting to land when the aircraft crashed, bursting into flames.

The older of the two men was taken to Echuca hospital by ambulance then later flown by fixed-wing plane to Melbourne with burns to 50 per cent of his body.

Plans for the construction of a possible helipad at Echuca hospital are under way as part of the hospital’s long-term development.

Echuca Regional Health chief executive officer Michael Delahunty said investigations were being undertaken into the possibility of a helipad being built beside the emergency department.

Plans were in their early stages, however support from community organisations such as Echuca Lions Club had been received, Mr Delahunty said.

Gwenda Johnstone was aiming for her fourth greys’ race in five years at yesterday’s Oak’s Day races at Flemington, but it turned out to be a disappointing race for the Echuca trainer.

Toydarriate, ridden by Kerrin McEvoy, was never in contention during the $100,000 Pentax Plate over 1400m and finished the race second last after starting at odds of $21.

The race was won by $6 chance Guild, ridden by Luke Nolen, followed by Not A Copy and Jungle Ruler, which led early.

Luciano, the punters’ elect at $4.40, finished sixth.

A further 10 per cent of Murray Valley irrigators’ water was re-credited last week, bringing the total repayments to 45 per cent.

An additional 10 per cent of water is required to repay the total water suspended in 2006.

NSW Climate Change, Environment and Water Minister Phil Koperberg said although the latest repayment was good news, the water situations was still grim.

Thieves have targeted vehicles in Council St, Moama, with a number of cars broken into between Wednesday night and Thursday morning.

A large amount of money and an ipod were stolen from an unlocked vehicle in Council St between 6.30pm on Wednesday and 8.50am on Thursday.

A white Holden Commodore sedan was stolen from a garage in the same street between 9.30pm on Wednesday and 7.45am on Thursday.

■ Fifty years ago

November 10, 1967

THE new 18-bed wing now under construction at the Echuca District Hospital is to be officially opened by Dr. John Lindell, chairman of the Hospitals and Charities Commission on Sunday, December 17, at 2 pm.

The new wing will contain modern accommodation for medical and surgical cases and has been built at a cost of $86,421.

Furnishings and equipment for this area are to cost a further $6317.

Initial judging at this year’s Echuca Show was carried out yesterday when an impressive array of fleeces was inspected by Mr. O. Whitcroft of the Gordon Institute of Technology.

Mr. Whitcroft was most impressed with the number and quality of entries, with the numbers being comparable to those of last year.

This, he said, was in direct contrast to other shows at which he had judged the this year where numbers, particularly, had shown a decline.

A reminder to New South Wales parents that fruit should not be included in the lunches of children travelling to Echuca schools was given yesterday by Mr. A. McLauchlan, Acting Senior Orchard Inspector of the Department of Agriculture.

He said the risk of the introduction of the fruit fly into Victorian towns and fruit growing areas was increasing, and that neither the government nor the people themselves could afford an outbreak of the fruit fly anywhere in Victoria, particularly when other branches of the primary production were suffering the affects of draught conditions at present.

A team from Echuca Men’s Basketball Association is to compete in the Victorian country championships during the weekend.

The team is in the B grade section of the championships and must have an excellent chance of winning the title.

A team representing the association last year lost only one conference game and they were runners-up in the annual carnival to St Kilda, who play A grade in Melbourne.

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