Quintana, Maher killed in plane crash

25 Mar, 2013 10:06 AM

TOOWOOMBA based beef industry identity John Quintana and Charlie Maher, the head of Ray White's livestock business have been killed in a plane crash this morning.

The two men were in a single engine Cessna 210 which crashed 2km from Roma Airport at about 5.30am this morning (Monday).

Mr Maher, 48, from Bathurst, NSW, was recently appointed as the chief executive officer of Ray White Livestock for Australia. He was previous the head of Ray White Livestock for NSW.

Ray White principal Paul White said Mr Maher was an integral part of the Ray White business.

"He was just such a wonderful man," Mr White said. "This has been a big jolt to us all... a very sad day."

US born Mr Quintana was a major figure in the Northern Territory live export industry before making major investments of the Darling Downs and at Roma.

According to reports it took rescue workers hours to get inside the mangled wreckage.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau reported two people died in the crash.

An ATSB team has been dispatched to Roma to investigate the crash.

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26/03/2013 7:23:25 AM, on The Land

This is very sad news. Sympathy for their families from all beef producers.
26/03/2013 9:44:27 AM, on Queensland Country Life

John Quintana and Charlie Maher will be sadly missed. John Quintana's pioneering character and spirit of adventure brought him to Australia and mixed with his get up and have a go attitude is a good example to blokes who want to go bush. It’s tough out there but John’s life story shows that he never quit, despite many setbacks. This tragedy is a great loss to the Australian Beef Industry. Our prayers are with their families and mates.
Tom & Donna
26/03/2013 5:37:55 PM, on North Queensland Register

We were there (with Quintana), in the past. Our love and sympathy to all. He affected our lives forever.
Adriana Hillebrand
29/03/2013 7:36:48 AM, on Stock Journal

Mary & girls we are so sorry for your loss. We are thinking of you. Adriana & Ian & children
Dillon Livestock Exports
17/12/2014 2:34:58 AM, on Queensland Country Life

I met Johnny first in 1998 while buying Livestock in Northern Territory for export to Egypt. He was a top class cattleman and i had the pleasure to stay at Carbeen Park while selecting stock with him and some memorable BBQs. I have just picked up the news of his tragic death and I would like to offer my sincerest sympathy to his family. Alan Dillon,Dillon Livestock Exports, Dublin, Ireland.


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