Essendon Air Tragedy

Yesterday morning a chartered flight taking off from Essendon Airport crashed into the rear of the DFO shopping centre in Essendon Fields. Tragically, the Victorian pilot and four US nationals were killed.

Our thoughts are with the victims of this tragedy and their families. Victoria Police, victim services, and the US consulate have been providing support to the families of those affected by this tragedy.

People who witnessed the plane crash and are distressed can access support and information through the VicEmergency Hotline on 1800 226 226. Teams at Lifeline (13 11 14) (https://www.lifeline.org.au/) and Beyond Blue (1300 224 636) (https://www.beyondblue.org.au/) are also always there to assist.

We wish to thank police, firefighters, and paramedics for their response to this incident. MFB crews were on the scene in minutes, including 90 firefighters and 23 appliances. Ambulance Victoria conducted health monitoring at the scene and supported bystanders. Victoria Police has managed the incident site throughout the day and supported the families of victims.

A number of investigations are being conducted at the crash site by Victoria Police, the Coroner’s Court, The Australian Transport Safety Bureau and the Civil Aviation Safety Authority. These will continue over coming days. Witnesses to the incident should contact the Australian Transport Safety Bureau on 1800 020 616.

There were a number of road closures as a result of this incident. The Tullamarine Freeway and Calder Freeway are now open in both directions. The Bulla Road entry to Direct Factory Outlet (DFO) and the exit from DFO onto the Tullamarine Freeway remain closed

Essendon Airport and a number of businesses in the area have been affected by the crash. Essendon Airport remains closed but emergency services aircraft based there will continue to operate in the interest of community safety. Victorian Government agencies continue to work through the consequences of this incident with Essendon Airport and local businesses.

Below are links to a number of fact sheets on dealing with witnessing trauma:

Trauma reaction and recovery
https://www2.health.vic.gov.au/about/publications/factsheets/trauma-reaction-and-recovery 

Trauma helping family or friends
https://www2.health.vic.gov.au/about/publications/factsheets/trauma-helping-family-or-friends 

Trauma and children, tips for parents
https://www2.health.vic.gov.au/about/publications/factsheets/trauma-and-children-tips-for-parents 

Translated materials (limited languages)
http://healthtranslations.vic.gov.au/bhcv2/bhcht.nsf/PresentDetail?Open&s=Trauma_-_reaction_and_recovery

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