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Crash of a Cessna 402C in Papa Lealea

Date & Time: Jul 26, 2020
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
VH-TSI
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Papa Lealea - Mareeba
MSN:
402C-0492
YOM:
1981
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Shortly after takeoff from Papa Lealea, enroute to Mareeba, Australia, the twin engine airplane lost height and crashed in an open field, bursting into flames. The pilot was not found in site and the aircraft was partially destroyed by fire. Later, the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary and the AFP found 28 bags containing what investigators believe is 500 kilograms of cocaine.

Crash of a Britten-Norman BN-2A Islander near Kokoda: 3 killed

Date & Time: Aug 30, 1985 at 0830 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
P2-DNW
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Site:
Schedule:
Port Moresby – Kokoda
MSN:
67
YOM:
1969
Flight number:
WW701
Location:
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
5
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
3
Circumstances:
While cruising under VFR mode in marginal weather conditions, the pilot failed to realize his altitude was insufficient when the airplane struck a wooded mountain. The wreckage was found 17 km south of Kokoda. The pilot and two female passengers were killed. Two other passengers, including the photos author, were evacuated to local hospital. One was seriously injured while the photo author was uninjured.

Crash of a GAF Nomad N22B in Manari: 16 killed

Date & Time: Dec 23, 1979
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
P2-DNL
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Port Moresby - Manari
MSN:
39
YOM:
1977
Location:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
14
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
16
Captain / Total flying hours:
5000
Circumstances:
Upon arrival at Manari Airstrip, the crew decided to initiate a go-around for unknown reasons. While climbing, the airplane banked left then nosed down and crashed near the airfield. The aircraft was destroyed upon impact and all 16 occupants were killed.

Crash of a Britten-Norman BN-2A Islander in Naoro

Date & Time: Aug 14, 1975
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
P2-ATX
Flight Phase:
MSN:
126
YOM:
1970
Location:
Region:
Crew on board:
0
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Crashed in unknown circumstances. Occupant's fate unknown.

Crash of a De Havilland DHC-4 Caribou in Tapini

Date & Time: Oct 6, 1968
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
A4-147
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
147
YOM:
1964
Location:
Region:
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Crashed in unknown circumstances while approaching Tapini Airstrip on a supply mission. The aircraft was destroyed and all four crew members were injured.

Crash of a Douglas C-47B-35-DK in Bereina

Date & Time: Apr 8, 1961
Operator:
Registration:
VH-PAT
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Port Moresby – Kundiawa
MSN:
16494/33242
YOM:
1945
Location:
Region:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
While cruising at an altitude of 12,000 feet, the crew informed ground about an in-flight fire and elected to divert to Bereina for an emergency landing. As the crew was unable to extinguish the fire, the airplane landed on fire and came to rest in flames. All three crew members were able to evacuate safely while the airplane burned for about 24 hours before being totally destroyed.
Probable cause:
It is believed the fire was caused incorrectly packed chemicals.

Crash of an Avro 652A Anson I in Bereina

Date & Time: Dec 22, 1954
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
VH-BMN
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Port Moresby – Bereina
Location:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
13
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The twin engine aircraft landed hard, causing a wing to touch the ground and to be sheared off. Out of control, the airplane veered off runway and came to rest. All 15 occupants were injured while the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.

Crash of a Douglas C-47-DL on Mt Obree: 17 killed

Date & Time: Nov 10, 1942 at 1330 LT
Operator:
Registration:
VH-CCU
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Site:
Schedule:
Port Moresby - Pongani
MSN:
4689
YOM:
1942
Region:
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
19
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
17
Circumstances:
Christened 'The Flying Dutchman', the aircraft was flying from Port Moresby to Pongani on behalf of the 33rd Troop Carrier Squadron's to deliver supplies and troops from the 32nd Infantry Division and the 126th Infantry Regiment. While cruising at an altitude of 9,000 feet, the aircraft encountered severe downdrafts, lost altitude and hit the slope of Mt Obree, in the center of PNG. Of the twenty-three aboard, seventeen survived the crash. Many had serious injuries and burns, and died afterwards waiting for help. Eventually, some of the survivors found help and only six survived. The wreckage was rediscovered during an air search mission for a missing Piaggio on March 8, 1961. The airplane has the dual registration VH-CCU and 41-18564.
Crew:
2nd Lt George W. Vandervort, pilot, †
Cpt Theodore W. Barron, †
T/Sgt Stephen J. Pitch, flight engineer, †
Sgt George B. Kershner, radio operator.
Passengers:
Sgt James M. Verstay, †
Pvt Vernon R. Moak, †
Pvt Charles W. Raddatz, †
Pvt Charles I. Stokes, †
Pvt Margarito Padilla, †
Pvt Carlos D. Failin, †
Pfc Gerald M. Grove, †
Pfc Frank A. Thomas, Jr.,
Pvt Duane R. Butler,
Sgt Edward K. Holleman,
Pvt Floyd L. August,
Pvt John W. Mobley,
Tec Lawrence E. Peterson, †
Pvt John J. Bellus, †
Pfc Malvern E. Patton, †
Pvt Theodore Romero, †
Pfc William L. Smith, †
Pvt Martin J. Brandon, †
Pvt Antonio T. Montes. †
Probable cause:
Caught by severe downdrafts and crashed.

Crash of a Martin B-26 Marauder near Sogeri

Date & Time: Nov 2, 1942
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
40-1493
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Port Moresby - Port Moresby
MSN:
1493
YOM:
1940
Location:
Region:
Crew on board:
8
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The crew was returning to his base in Port Moresby following a reconnaissance mission to locate Japanese ships off Lae. On the return trip, the captain was forced to attempt an emergency landing due to fuel exhaustion. The twin engine aircraft crash landed near the Laloki River, in the region of Sogeri, and was damaged beyond repair. All eight occupants were unhurt and rescued.
Probable cause:
Fuel exhaustion.