A sombre memorial in Brisbane, today this time, for the six people who died in a vintage plane tragedy earlier this month.

Family and friends came together in a special place, to pay tribute to their loved ones.

Verity Stone reports.


An aviator’s prayer was read as family and friends remembered: Des and Kath Porter, Les and Janice D’evlin and John and Carol Dawson were celebrated.

The service, took place at the former farm of the Porter family, which was often used as an airstrip.

Attendees spoke fondly of the three couples.

Chris Salisbury, Nephew of Des and Kath Porter: “They’ll be remembered as very popular, very well-loved, well-valued members of their communities.”

Scott Porter held back tears as farewelled his parents and their friends.

He remembered their youthful spirits, and their love of the vintage plane they spent so much time restoring.

Scott Porter, Son of Des and Kath Porter: “To Kath and Des, and your last passengers who always lived life to the fullest, you will be missed more than you can ever know rest in peace.”

A flyover had been planned by the Caboolture Aero Club, but unfortunately it had to be cancelled due to windy conditions

On October the first, the De Haviland Dragon plane was on its way back from Central Queensland, when it crashed into a hill near Borumba Dam on the Sunshine Coast.

The cause of the accident is still under investigation, but it’s been suggested cloudy conditions played a part.

Verity Stone, QUT News.