Crash of a Fletcher FU-24-950M near Goroka: 1 killed

Date & Time: May 3, 2002 at 1525 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
P2-SDG
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Karimui – Goroka
MSN:
18
YOM:
1955
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Circumstances:
The pilot, sole on board, was completing a cargo flight from Karimui to Goroka. While approaching Goroka, the single engine aircraft crashed in unknown circumstances in Kaw Kaw Gap, about 30 km south of Goroka. The pilot was killed.

Crash of an Embraer EMB-110P2 Bandeirante in Goroka: 17 killed

Date & Time: Jun 17, 1999 at 0852 LT
Operator:
Registration:
P2-ALX
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Lae - Goroka
MSN:
110-210
YOM:
1979
Flight number:
ND120
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
15
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
17
Circumstances:
The twin engine aircraft departed Lae-Nadzab Airport at 0820LT on a flight to Goroka, carrying 15 passengers and two pilots. While descending in marginal weather conditions at an altitude of 8,500 feet, the aircraft struck the slope of a mountain located 20 km east-southeast of the airport. The aircraft was destroyed upon impact and all 17 occupants were killed, among them two Dutch citizens.
Probable cause:
Controlled flight into terrain after the crew continued the descent to Goroka under VFR mode in IMC conditions. At the time of the accident, the aircraft was one km off course and at an insufficient altitude (minimum altitude is fixed at 14,000 feet).

Crash of a De Havilland DHC-6 Twin Otter 300 in Goroka: 2 killed

Date & Time: Jul 18, 1997 at 1032 LT
Registration:
P2-MMU
Survivors:
Yes
Site:
Schedule:
Port Moresby - Mount Hagen - Chimbu - Goroka
MSN:
250
YOM:
1969
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
2
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Circumstances:
En route from Chimbu to Goroka, the crew encountered poor weather conditions with rain falls and fog. Other crew diverted to Madang Airport but the crew decided to continue. While flying at an altitude of 7,400 feet in limited visibility, the aircraft struck the slope of Mt Yasirua located 7,2 km northeast of Goroka Airport. A pilot and a passenger survived while both other occupants were killed.
Probable cause:
Controlled flight into terrain.

Crash of an Embraer EMB-110P1 Bandeirante near Goroka: 11 killed

Date & Time: Apr 14, 1992
Operator:
Registration:
P2-RDS
Survivors:
Yes
Site:
Schedule:
Madang - Goroka
MSN:
110-355
YOM:
1981
Flight number:
GV709
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
13
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
11
Circumstances:
While descending to Goroka Airport in marginal weather conditions, the twin engine aircraft struck the slope of a mountain located 16 km from the airport, near Daulo Pass. Four passengers were seriously injured while 11 other occupants were killed.
Probable cause:
For unknown reasons, the crew initiated the descent prematurely, causing the aircraft to descent below the MDA. Lack of visibility was a contributing factor.

Crash of a Cessna 402A on Mt Otto

Date & Time: Aug 29, 1986
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
P2-GKP
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Site:
Schedule:
Madang - Goroka
MSN:
402A-0121
YOM:
1969
Location:
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
2
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The pilot started the descent to Goroka in marginal weather conditions when the aircraft struck trees and crashed on the slope of Mt Otto located 15 km northeast of Goroka Airport. All three occupants were injured and the aircraft was destroyed.

Crash of a Cessna 402A near Mount Hagen: 8 killed

Date & Time: Apr 1, 1981
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
P2-GKJ
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Port Moresby – Goroka – Mount Hagen
MSN:
402A-0081
YOM:
1969
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
7
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
8
Circumstances:
While approaching Mount Hagen Airport in poor weather conditions, the twin engine airplane struck the slope of a wooded mountain. The aircraft was totally destroyed and all eight occupants were killed.
Probable cause:
Controlled flight into terrain.

Crash of a Cessna 207 Skywagon in Goroka: 4 killed

Date & Time: Apr 23, 1973
Operator:
Registration:
VH-UBY
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
3
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
4
Circumstances:
During initial climb, the single engine airplane stalled and crashed by an airport road. The aircraft was destroyed and all four occupants were killed, a pilot, a missionary and two passengers.

Crash of a De Havilland DHC-6 Twin Otter 100 in Kainantu: 8 killed

Date & Time: Apr 28, 1970 at 0912 LT
Operator:
Registration:
VH-TGR
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Mount Hagen – Goroka – Kainantu
MSN:
6
YOM:
1966
Flight number:
TN1369
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
9
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
8
Aircraft flight hours:
3905
Aircraft flight cycles:
6795
Circumstances:
The airplane departed Goroka at 0852LT and continued to Kainantu at an altitude of 7,500 feet. While approaching the destination, weather conditions deteriorated and the visibility was limited due to low clouds. The captain decided to continue and started the approach when the airplane struck a tree and crashed 5 km from the airfield. Both pilots and six passengers were killed while three others were injured.
Probable cause:
The probable cause of the accident was that the pilot persisted with such determination or confidence in his attempts to reach his destination in the face of deteriorating weather conditions, that he did not ensure he could safely discontinue the approach at any time and still maintain visual reference to the significant terrain.

Crash of a Noorduyn UC-64A Norseman in Goroka

Date & Time: Jul 11, 1950
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
VH-BNL
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Lae – Goroka
MSN:
270
YOM:
1943
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The day prior to the accident, while on a cargo flight from Lae to Goroka, the pilot Frank J. Goosens was forced to attempt an emergency landing in a field located five miles southeast of Goroka due to poor visibility. After he spent the night in the aircraft, he decided to leave the area bound for Goroka when, during the takeoff roll, the left wing hit an earth mound. The aircraft crashed, injuring the pilot.