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Essendon plane crash recovery

On 21 February 2017 a plane destined for King Island tragically crashed into DFO Essendon shortly after taking off from Essendon Airport. All five passengers were killed in this crash. The cause of the accident is being investigated by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau.

The investigation

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau is the authority charged with investigating the cause of this crash.

If you witnessed the incident or you have any information you should call the Australian Transport Safety Bureau on 1800 020 616.

Taking care of yourself and others

People who witness a traumatic and distressing event like the Essendon plane crash may have a strong emotional or physical reaction. This is completely normal and there are things you can do to help yourself and others recover.

For information on how to take care of yourself and your loved ones visit the trauma reaction and recovery page of the State Government Better Health website.

Counselling services are available:

  • Visit Lifeline's website or phone 13 11 14 - a 24-hour telephone service that offers confidential support and advice to help you deal with stress and personal challenges.
  • Visit Beyond Blue's website or phone 1300 224 636 - an information line that offers expert information on depression; how to recognise the signs of depression, how to get help, how to help someone else and how to stay well.
  • Visit Mensline's website or phone 1300 789 978 - a telephone support, information and referral service, helping men deal with their relationship problems.
  • Visit Nurse-on-call's website or phone 1300 60 60 24 - a 24-hour telephone service that allows people to discuss any health-related issue with a registered nurse for the cost of a local call.
  • Visit SANE Australia's website or phone 1800 187 263.