The aircraft, named "Kyeema", was on a flight from Adelaide to Melbourne in bad weather when it overshot Essendon Aerodrome and descended into Mt Dandenong whilst still flying in cloud, killing the 18 people on board.
A memorial cairn was unveiled by the Mt. Dandenong Historical Society on 25 October 1978 to mark the 40th anniversary of the disaster. In January 2003, another plaque was added, naming all those who perished.
The Kyeema Track itself is only about 1.5 kms in length, and is quite steep in parts. It is a wide track of compacted gravel which would make it an all-weather path. Totally unsuitable for wheelchairs.
The first part of this section is steep, but with a strong pusher, it should be attempted by the wheelchair-bound as it would be a tragedy to deny them the views from Burkes Lookout.
As I stood at the memorial cairn looking downwards towards the actual crash site the distant drone of an approaching aircraft was heard. Was history about to repeat itself? It was slightly overcast, but as the sun broke through offering unlimited visibility, something denied the pilots of Kyeema, those thoughts vanished.
Standing at the memorial it is sad to think that a disaster happened at a place of such beauty.