Narrative: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.
|Date:||Friday 1 September 1972|
|Type:||Shorts SC.7 Skyvan 3-300|
|Operator:||Ansett Airlines of Papua New Guinea|
|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), Papua New Guinea|
PROBABLE CAUSE: Undetermined.
» The Age - Sep 2, 1972
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.