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Accident description
Last updated: 3 December 2016
Date:Friday 1 September 1972
Time:ca 10:30
Type:Silhouette image of generic SC7 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Shorts SC.7 Skyvan 3-300
Operator:Ansett Airlines of Papua New Guinea
Registration: VH-PNI
C/n / msn: SH.1840
First flight: 1968
Engines: 2 Garrett TPE331-2-201A
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Total:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Mount Giluwe (   Papua New Guinea)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Minj Airport (MZN), Papua New Guinea
Destination airport:Mendi Airport (MDU/AYMN), Papua New Guinea
The aircraft, on a VFR flight, struck the 14346 feet high Mount Giluwe at 10250 feet. VFR flight at 10000 feet normally involves a diversion of the direct track to avoid the mountain. Strato-cumulus cloud base was at 9000 feet with tops to 10000 feet and unlimited visibility above.
PROBABLE CAUSE: Undetermined.

» The Age - Sep 2, 1972


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