Narrative:A C-47 transport plane was chartered to fly cargo from Madang to Mendi, Papua New Guinea. On the approach hydraulics were lost and the plane returned to Madang .
|Date:||Tuesday 11 April 1972|
Douglas C-47B-15-DK (DC-3)
|Operating for:||Trans Australia Airlines - TAA|
|Leased from:||Ansett Airlines of Papua New Guinea|
|C/n / msn:|| 15344/26789|
|First flight:|| 1944|
|Engines:|| 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-90C|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1|
|Total:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3 |
|Airplane damage:|| Written off|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||Madang Airport (MAG) (Papua New Guinea)
|Phase:|| Landing (LDG)|
|Departure airport:||Madang Airport (MAG/AYMD), Papua New Guinea|
|Destination airport:||Mendi Airport (MDU), Papua New Guinea|
The plane was going to run off the end of the strip into Madang harbour, so the pilots pulled the pin on the rear wheel which caused the aircraft to veer to the left and into the mangroves.
The C-47 was withdrawn from use at Madang. It was used for fire practices and scrapped in 1978.
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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not
display the exact flight path.
Distance from Madang Airport to Mendi Airport as the crow flies is 257 km (161 miles).
This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networkĺs opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.