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Flight Of The Dead

Flight Of The Dead: VH-SKC's Continental Journey Into Oblivion


By PHILIP CORNFORD and GREG ROBERTS

A spiral-bound manual in the plane's wreckage was opened at the page giving advice about procedures to enact in the event of problems with decompression.

Perhaps the pilot of the ill-fated Beechcraft 200 King Air had asked one of his seven passengers to look up the procedures, concerned that the oxygen supply may have been low.

More likely, it was a macabre coincidence, the manual lying incongruously yesterday amid the debris of VH-SKC at the site of its crash after a haunting and doomed flight 3,104 kilometres across Australia.

The last message from the plane came 33 minutes into the flight. "Stand-by," the pilot, Ken Mosedale, radioed, blissfully unaware that he and his seven passengers were already dying.

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