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Researchers narrow down site of 1981 crash in Australia


It stands as the only unsolved crash in Australia: In August 1981, a Cessna Centurion with five people aboard went down after picking up ice as it tried to cross a mountain range about 100 miles north of Sydney. The area is rugged with no roads and mountain peaks about 4,500 feet high, conditions that stymied searchers for two weeks after the crash and left the exact crash site unknown. Now, two researchers say they’ve narrowed down the location of the crash to two square kilometers and assert that the remaining fuel onboard didn’t catch fire, making it harder to locate the crash at the time because there would have been no ground scar. The researchers hope their work will prompt a new search team to locate the wreck, not only to recover any remains, but also to try and determine what caused the crash.