More than 1,200 travellers were injured after they were injured in an air crash on Saturday in the Northern Territory.
Key points:The Northern Territory Government said travellers were flying into the country to attend a weddingThis has been the largest accident in the region’s historyThe Department of Transport said a single passenger’s death is the second-highest in the Territory’s historyIn a statement, the Northern Territories Government said the number of injured people is unprecedented.
“There are two ways to look at it: we’ve had a large number of injuries that are now being treated as life-threatening, or we’ve got some people who have recovered, but unfortunately not many,” the statement said.
“We have a very clear understanding that this is an extremely serious event and we need to make sure that we take every precaution to minimise any further damage to people’s lives.”
It said the crash took place on a flight from Perth to Darwin.
The National Transport Safety Bureau has now opened an investigation into the accident.
“Our first priority is to support the victims and their families, so we are investigating this incident as a serious accident,” it said.
It is also assisting the Northern Territorians Fire Service.
“The NTSB has been notified, and we are also assisting with their investigation,” it added.
The Northern Territories’ Transport Department said on Saturday that the number-one priority of the Government is to make the best possible arrangements for the safety of all people travelling to and from Australia.
“It is important that all travellers are aware of their responsibilities as soon as they board a plane and remain vigilant when travelling,” the NT Government said.