Crash of a Cessna 402B in Papua New Guinea

Date & Time: Dec 31, 1995
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
VH-JOG
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
402B-0895
YOM:
1975
Region:
Crew on board:
0
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
For unknown reasons, the aircraft belly landed and was damaged beyond repair. There were no casualties.

Crash of a Britten-Norman BN-2A-20 Islander in Papua New Guinea

Date & Time: Dec 15, 1987
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
P2-COG
Flight Phase:
MSN:
843
YOM:
1978
Region:
Crew on board:
0
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Crashed in unknown circumstances somewhere in Papua New Guinea in December 1987 (exact date unknown).

Crash of a Britten-Norman BN-2A-20 Islander in Papua New Guinea

Date & Time: Mar 10, 1982
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
P2-HAC
MSN:
762
YOM:
1975
Region:
Crew on board:
0
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Suffered an accident somewhere in PNG. Occupant fate unknown.

Crash of a Noorduyn Norseman in Kuli: 2 killed

Date & Time: Dec 15, 1960
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
VH-GSC
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Minj – Mendi
MSN:
252
YOM:
1943
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Circumstances:
While cruising at an altitude of 2,285 meters in bad weather conditions, the single engine aircraft struck the slope of a mountain located a mile away from Kuli. The wreckage was found two days later and both occupants were killed, the pilot Cpt Desmond J. Gleeson and a native passenger.

Crash of a De Havilland DHA-3 Drover 1 into the Bismarck Sea

Date & Time: Apr 16, 1952
Registration:
VH-DHA
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Wewak – Momote
MSN:
5001
YOM:
1947
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
2
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The pilot, Captain Clarrie R. Hibbert (Acting Regional Director of Papua-New Guinea) was flying a departmental Drover three engine aircraft from Wewak to Momote. While cruising about 90 miles from its destination, part of a propeller blade on the port engine flew off and penetrated the cockpit, knocking the pilot unconscious and smashing his left foot. One of the passenger succeeded in dragging the pilot from his seat and in leveling out the aircraft and ditching it. With the other passenger's help he got the pilot into the rubber dinghy and, using its 'Gibson Girl' emergency beacon, attracted a Qantas DC-3 which, in turn, led an RAAF crash launch to rescue the three men who had then been adrift for ten hours. The aircraft sank in deep water and was a total loss.
Probable cause:
Loss of a propeller blade in flight.

Crash of a De Havilland DH.84 Dragon in Karanka: 1 killed

Date & Time: Sep 21, 1951 at 0730 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
VH-AXL
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Lae – Wabag
MSN:
2071
YOM:
1943
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Circumstances:
The pilot, Captain Frederick G. Barlogie, was performing a cargo flight from Lae to Wabag. En route, he encountered poor conditions with reduced visibility due to smoke haze. The twin engine aircraft was flying at an insufficient height when it hit obstacles and crashed in a wooded area located 5 km from Katanka Airstrip. The aircraft was destroyed and the sole occupant was killed.
Probable cause:
Investigation found that the pilot continued the flight under conditions of reduced visibility in severe smoke haze so that flight in sight of ground could only be maintained at a dangerously low altitude.

Crash of a Canadian Vickers OA-10A Canso A into the Bismarck Sea: 12 killed

Date & Time: Jun 21, 1945
Operator:
Registration:
44-34050
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Mokerang - Mokerang
MSN:
CV-561
Region:
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
8
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
12
Circumstances:
The seaplane left Mokerang Airfield at 0330LT to test the distance measuring equipment for COMAIR Admiralties. As the aircraft failed to return, SAR operations were conducted but were eventually suspended few days later as no trace of the aircraft nor the 12 occupants was found.
Crew (1551st AAFBU):
1st Lt Paul W. Drew, pilot,
Cpl Earnest John Bauer, flight engineer,
Sgt Ralph Elliott Beirdneau, radio operator,
Cpl Harry D. Paige Jr., radio operator.
Passengers:
1st Lt Paul C. Crouch,
1st Lt Gordon A. Johnson,
2nd Lt Robert L. Flicker,
2nd Lt Milton M. Tittler,
2nd Lt Ralph J. Greco,
S/Sgt Robert P. Eisele,
Sgt Clyde Allen Walker,
Cpl Carl A. Spangler.

Crash of a Douglas R4D-6 in Papua New Guinea: 4 killed

Date & Time: Jun 7, 1945
Operator:
Registration:
17277
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Momote – Biak
MSN:
14335/25780
YOM:
1944
Region:
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
4
Circumstances:
Lost without trace on a flight from Momote to Biak.