The Catalina crash site
In September 1948, a Catalina flying boat operated by the Royal Australian Air Force attempted to make an emergency landing at night in the Lord Howe Island lagoon. Sadly, it clipped the trees at the top of the ridge and crashed near Old Settlement Beach on the northern end of the island, with the loss of seven of the nine crew.
In 1974 wreckage remained strewn down the hillside (photo 1) and it still was possible to see the gap where the aircraft had sheared off trees at the top of the ridge (right, photo 2). So near - only another few metres higher and all would have been well.... I understand the spot is now marked by a memorial.
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This vertical-sided sawtooth shaped rock rises 522 metres sheer from the ocean. It is about 25km from Lord Howe Island and clearly visible on a good day. It was not climbed until 1965, partly because of the difficulty of landing from a small boat, partly because climbing was not encouraged by the locals, and partly because of the poisonous centipedes found there!
With the island now under the administration of the NSW Environment Department, and some rare stick insects having been found there (they were thought extinct, having gone from Lord Howe Island), no landings are now permitted on the Pyramid. The fishing is reputedly good in the area.
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