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Crash of a Britten-Norman BN-2A Islander in Saidor Gap: 1 killed

Date & Time: Dec 23, 2017
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
P2-ISM
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Lae – Derim
MSN:
227
YOM:
1970
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Circumstances:
While cruising at an altitude of 9,500 feet in adverse weather conditions, the twin engine aircraft struck trees and crashed on the slope of a mountain located in the Saidor Gap, half way from Lae-Nadzab Airport to Derim. Immediately after the crash, the pilot was able to call for help and gave his position. Unfortunately, due to poor weather conditions and the difficulties to reach the crash site, it was not possible for the rescuers to intervene before December 26. Three days after the accident, as the weather conditions improved, the rescuers eventually reached the crash site but it was reported that the pilot died from his injuries.

Crash of a Britten-Norman BN-2A-21 Islander in Bambu

Date & Time: Jan 23, 1993 at 0923 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
P2-ISF
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
281
YOM:
1971
Location:
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
3
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
On approach to Bambu Airstrip (runway 410 metres long), the pilot saw the windsock moving but estimated the wind to be relatively calm. While completing the flare, the aircraft was caught by a sudden updraft and landed too far down the runway. Unable to stop within the remaining distance, it overran and came to rest in bushes. All four occupants escaped uninjured and the aircraft was written off. At the time of the accident, weather conditions were considered as fine with overcast at 8,000 feet and good visibility below clouds. The Bambu runway has a gradient of 9,25% and is very short. Here, the pilot should initiate a go-around procedure as a safe landing was not possible in such conditions.

Crash of a Douglas C-47B-15-DK in Lae

Date & Time: Nov 18, 1987
Operator:
Registration:
P2-006
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
15192/26637
YOM:
1944
Location:
Region:
Crew on board:
0
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
After liftoff at Lae-Nadzab Airport, one of the engine failed. The crew attempted an emergency landing in a pasture when one wing struck an obstacle. The airplane belly landed and came to rest. There were no casualties.
Probable cause:
Engine failure for unknown reasons.

Crash of a Britten-Norman BN-2A-20 Islander near Lae: 2 killed

Date & Time: Jun 20, 1987
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
P2-KAD
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Ogeranang – Lae
MSN:
800
YOM:
1977
Location:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Circumstances:
The twin engine airplane was completing a cargo flight from Ogeranang to Lae, carrying two pilots and a load of coffee. While cruising at an altitude of 8,700 feet in marginal weather conditions, the aircraft struck the slope of a mountain located in the Rawlinson Mountain Range. The wreckage was found 32 km from Lae. Both occupants were killed.
Probable cause:
Controlled flight into terrain.

Crash of a De Havilland DHC-6 Twin Otter 100 in Garaina: 1 killed

Date & Time: Feb 28, 1978 at 1040 LT
Operator:
Registration:
P2-RDE
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Lae – Garaina
MSN:
84
YOM:
1968
Location:
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Circumstances:
Crashed in unknown circumstances while on approach to Garaina Airstrip. The pilot, sole on board, was killed. He was completing a cargo flight from Lae-Nadzab Airport.

Crash of a De Havilland DHC-4 Caribou inKudjeru Gap: 25 killed

Date & Time: Aug 28, 1972 at 1430 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
A4-233
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Site:
Schedule:
Lae - Port Moresby
MSN:
233
YOM:
1965
Region:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
26
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
25
Circumstances:
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.
Probable cause:
The pilot entered an area of low visibility and the accident was the consequence of a controlled flight into terrain.

Crash of a Douglas C-47B-30-DK in Wau

Date & Time: Oct 22, 1960
Operator:
Registration:
A65-92
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
16139/32887
YOM:
1945
Location:
Region:
Crew on board:
8
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The crew was involved in a navigation exercise on behalf of the 38th Squadron. On approach to Wau, the airplane crashed in unknown circumstances in the jungle. All eight crew members were injured and the aircraft was destroyed.

Crash of a Lockheed L-414-56 Hudson IIIA off Lae: 3 killed

Date & Time: Jun 8, 1958
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
VH-AGG
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Lae - Wewak - Lae
MSN:
414-6486
YOM:
1942
Location:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
3
Circumstances:
Carrying one pilot, a navigator and a photographer, the aircraft departed Lae on a photographic survey flight over the Wewak area, but conditions proved unfavourable for photography and it was decided to return to Lae. Lae tower was called five minutes before arrival and landing instructions were passed, in which it was advised that Runway 32 was to be used, the wind velocity being 300 degrees at 15 knots with gusts to 20 knots. Just before turning on to base leg the aircraft was cleared to do a practice asymmetric landing, but was warned to expect turbulence on the final approach. This was acknowledged by the aircraft. Witnesses agree that the aircraft was very low at the time of entering the final approach from a right-hand base leg with the left-hand propeller feathered. They also agreed that, following what sounded to be a marked increase in the power setting when 300 yards from the end of the strip, the aircraft rolled to the left and dived into the water in a partly inverted attitude. All three occupants perished.
Crew:
Allen Motteram, pilot,
Patrick Murphy, navigator,
Passenger:
Gordon Murrell, photographer.