This is the second time that Canberra A84-225 made the front
page of the newspapers. The entire front page of The
Sunday Mail (then a broadsheet) of 9 January 1983 announced that
QAM's Canberra had been an innocent victim of an extortion plot against
Trans-Australia Airlines. At that time, the QAM aircraft collection
was stored at Navy Street on Brisbane (Eagle Farm) Airport. As a demonstration
of what they proposed to do to a TAA airliner, the extortionists fired
a home-made projectile at the Canberra inflicting a gash in the right
hand bomb bay door. Although a ransom drop was set up, it was not collected.
It later emerged that the threat had been an elaborate hoax, ostensibly
to highlight aviation security issues. No arrests were made. The damage
to the Canberra was subsequently repaired courtesy of the RAAF. (The
above image depicts only selected parts of the front page of the newspaper).
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