On August 13, 2019 computer engineer Mert Ney went on a rampage in Sydney’s CBD. He stabbed to death 24-year-old escort Michaela Dunn, and in the streets a passer-by in the back. Ney’s captured jumping on a car and waving a knife with blood on his jumper. Bystanders run for their lives. A Channel 7 cameraman and journo just happened to be there. They chase after the 20-year-old despite him yelling “Allahu Akbar” and wearing a satchel bag shouting “I’ve got f***ing bombs.” Office workers also joined the chase stopping him with a café chair and a milk crate.
On 27 January 2017, a father of three and his girlfriend died when their seaplane crashed into Perth’s Swan River in front of 60,000 spectators. It happened on Australia Day during an air show, ahead of the city’s annual fireworks display.
Families watched in horror as the 1948 flying boat banked sharply before nose-diving into the water and breaking into pieces. They lined the water’s edge in silence as police, marine rescuers and up to 10 civilian boats and jet skis rushed to the wreckage. But nothing could be done to save pilot 52-year-old Peter Lynch and his Indonesian girlfriend Endah Cakrawati. The crash was captured on multiple mobile phones by witnesses. Endah posted videos on social media from inside the plane before and during flight. She appears in high spirits, smiling from ear to ear, and wishes her followers a “Happy Australia Day.”
On 15 December 2014 eighteen people were taken hostage in Sydney’s Lindt café. Eyewitnesses and first responders explain what happened minute by minute in the months and weeks leading up to the horror.
In February 2017 a group of golfers chartered a small aircraft to fly them from Melbourne to nearby King Island. 10 seconds after take off the plane exploded into a popular shopping centre.
On 21 February 2017 a Beechcraft B200 King Air aircraft operating a charter flight, carrying a pilot and four passengers bound for King Island crashed, just 10 seconds after taking off from Essendon Airport in Melbourne, Australia. The pilot made mayday calls before the aircraft clipped the roof of the Essendon Direct Factory Outlets (DFO) building, which had not yet begun the day’s trading, and then smashed into the ground a few metres away and burst into flames. It was the worst civil aviation accident in Victoria in 30 years.
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