A GROUP of schoolchildren found
the wreckage of a warplane at the bottom of Darwin Harbour yesterday. They
dived 30m to the Corinthian, a four-propeller flying boat, which crashed
in 1942. Visibility was poor, but the nine
Darwin High School students could make out the forward hull of the
fuselage. Teacher Steve Goodwin said: "It was heavily encrusted with coral." The
students were taken to the site by Coral Divers. The wreckage is two
nautical miles from Doctors Gully.
We came up from the dive and were really excited," 16-year-old
Helen Dwyer said. "There could be people in there, but there were
no ghosts down there." The Corinthian was carrying weapons from
Karumba in Queensland when it crash-landed and sank.
Coral Divers boss Sasha Muller said the plane's
heavy load may have moved forward, causing the flying boat to sink on
hitting the water. Two US servicemen died. The pilot is believed to
have escaped. The wreckage
of the Corinthian was later blown up by the military to ensure it did
not become a shipping hazard - and then forgotten. It is not on any charts. "The
students did well," Mr Goodwin
said. The students were Helen Dwyer, Lewis Marshall, 15, Carolina
Barua, 16, Edward Dostine, 14, Anokai Lancaster, 16, Mitchell Mappas,
Ines Setiawan, 16, and Mia Tranthem, 16.