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Plane down in Chelsea

Light plane crashes into house

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Bath Street Chelsea was wall to wall with emergency service vehicles

Like every emergency service member, volunteer or paid, we train for various emergency situations that take us into many diverse scenarios as we try to prepare to meet any situation that confronts us head on. Having said that, I really wonder if we can ever really be prepared for a call like yesterday (14/10/2014) telling us that a light plane had crashed into a property in Chelsea. I think that it would be safe to assume that 99% of the members from all agencies that attended yesterday’s event had never been to a plane crash before and probably never will again. We often hear people say, “I don’t know how you do it” inferring that we are somehow different. I can assure you that we may learn to deal with these things, but we never simply accept them, after all, we are still just people first.

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Trying to make sense of the chaotic scene 

The accident happened just before 1.30pm (14/10/2014) when the plane came down, clipping a house and car before cart wheeling down the roadway leaving behind a 300 Metre trail of devastation.

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City of Kingston engineers examine the scene with Police

A small fire that started at the house was quickly extinguished and a female resident at the house was shaken but not badly hurt. Every emergency service member that attended did an amazing job. Frankston, Knox and Chelsea SES along with CFA, Ambo's and of course VICPOL members and City of Kingston officials.

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A difficult job on a difficult day

It is believed that the pilot was trying to make for the beach and when he realised that he was not going to make it, aimed for the small street that runs parallel with the beach being Camp Street. If this is correct, the pilot has done an amazing job and in doing so has undoubtedly avoided what could have been a major disaster. Even so, it was a miracle that there were not many more injuries or worse.

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The house that was clipped by the plane as it crashed

It was one of those days that in years to come, people in Chelsea will all know where they were when the plane crashed into Camp Street. The scene was an awful mess. Local residents were left in shock that this could happen in their street. We see these things on the TV news and think how sad, suddenly, it’s in our own backyard and we simply wonder how.

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Wreckage was strewn for about 300 Metres

The sound of sirens and the smell of smoke filled the air as emergency vehicles converged on the scene from as far away as Frankston, Moorabbin and Caulfield and with helicopters circling overhead, the area quickly became congested. Camp Street and the immediate surrounding area were quickly cordoned off as VICPOL, CFA, SES and Ambulance Victoria members went about the task at hand. A quick door to door check of Camp Street was done to ensure residents remained inside but were OK while CFA volunteers extinguished some small fires within the wreckage of the plane. Tragically, the pilot, a 77 year old male, lost his life in the crash, but without a doubt given the proximity of the scene to Woolworths Supermarket, a children’s park and the busy Chelsea shopping strip and Nepean Highway, to say that it could have been worse, is a massive understatement.

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A small fire at the house was quickly extinguished

The intersection of The Strand and Bath Street was quickly established as the main staging area for the emergency services, with the new VICSES mobile command vehicle from Knox SES, allowing all agencies access to computer services and other communication services. Like most people, the volunteer members at Chelsea SES were shocked to be called to an event like this, you train for these things, but you don't ever expect to be involved in one. Well done to all of the Chelsea members involved in doing their job in very difficult circumstances, and once again, I'm so proud to be a member of the Chelsea team!

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What a mess

As I have said, like most people, the volunteer members at Chelsea SES were shocked to be called to an event like this, yes, we train for these things, but we n ever expected to be involved in one. Well done to all of the Chelsea members involved in doing their job in very difficult circumstances, and once again, I'm so proud to be a member of the Chelsea team! Good job guys!

Last Updated (Sunday, 16 November 2014 09:28)

 
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