Date & Time: Aug 28, 1972 at 1430 LT
Type of aircraft:
De Havilland DHC-4 Caribou
Lae - Port Moresby
Papua New Guinea
Crew on board:
Pax on board:
The aircraft was completing a flight from Lae to Port Moresby, carrying three crew members and 26 cadets of the PNG Army. After passing over Wau in good weather conditions, the pilot decided to enter the Kudjeru Gap Valley when the weather conditions worsened rapidly with clouds up to 10,500 feet. At an altitude of 5,000 feet while trying to gain height, the right wing struck trees and the aircraft crashed on the slope of a mountain, about 50 meters below the summit. The wreckage was found three days later. Five injured passengers were evacuated but one of them died from his injuries.
The pilot entered an area of low visibility and the accident was the consequence of a controlled flight into terrain.