Australian Flying Community Mourns Loss of Innovator

Nov 03, 2012 No Comments by

Toowoomba, Australia’s aviation community lost one of its dearest and most innovative members this morning when Terry Kronk’s P-51 Mustang replica crashed near Helidon. It was supposed to be a day of celebration.

The 52-year-old, a successful business and property developer, had just taken off from the Emu Gully airstrip when mechanical failure sent his plane back to the earth about 9:45 a.m.  A man in his 30s was hospitalised with minor burns and smoke inhalation after trying in vain to save the fallen pilot.

Kronk was on his way to the 100th birthday commemoration of the Toowoomba Aerodrome in Queensland, where his famous Mustang replica was to be a showpiece.

For the complete story by The Toowoomba Chronicle’s Chris Calcino, click here.

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