Yeppoon high captain killed in crash
THE highly respected police officer killed in the plane crash in Far North Queensland grew up in Central Queensland and was school captain at Yeppoon State High in 1994.
The officer, 28-year-old Sally Elizabeth Urquhart was flying south to attend a training course in policing when she boarded the plane at Bamaga, at the tip of Cape York, on Saturday.
Fifteen people died when the Fairchild Metroliner twin-engined aircraft crashed into a hillside about 11km north-west of the Lockhart River airport.
Queensland Police Minister Judy Spence said Constable Urquhart had pioneered policing in Aboriginal communities.
"She has served in Cairns and Bamaga and Aurukun (and) was one of the female police officers who really pioneered policing in these remote Aboriginal communities,'' she said.
"She volunteered for these positions and so she is highly respected by all her colleagues and will be sadly missed.'' .