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Accident description
Last updated: 19 October 2017
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Date:Saturday 8 April 1961
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47B-35-DK (DC-3)
Operator:Papuan Airlines
Registration: VH-PAT
C/n / msn: 33242/16494
First flight: 1945
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-90C
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Bereina Airport (BEA) (   Papua New Guinea)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Port Moresby-Jackson Field (POM/AYPY), Papua New Guinea
Destination airport:Kundiawa-Chimbu Airport (CMU/AYCH), Papua New Guinea
Narrative:
During a cargo, while en route at 12000 feet, flight smoke was seen coming from the cargo, forcing the flight crew to carry out an emergency landing. Immediately after landing at Bereina an uncontrollable fire developed. The fire was probably caused by incorrectly packed chemicals.

Sources:
» The Canberra Times - 10 Apr 1961


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Distance from Port Moresby-Jackson Field to Kundiawa-Chimbu Airport as the crow flies is 452 km (282 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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